Hearing the Flute
Who’s playing on the flute in painted bower with ease?
Intermittent songs float with intermittent breeze,
So as to stop floating cloud in the sky green,
So clear as to bring moonlight to the window screen.
Three tunes are played by the flutist in spirits high;
An ode is written to the flute heard far and nigh.
When ends the tune, I know not if the flutist’s there;
I only hear its echo wafting in the air.
The poem “Hearing the Flute” is a seven-line poem written by the poet Zhao Long in the Tang Dynasty. This poem is dedicated to the wonderful sound of the flute. The first couplet describes the origin of the sound of the flute, the first couplet describes the sound of the flute in a positive way with the sound of the clouds and the moon entering the window, the neck couplet quotes ancient events as a side setting, and the last couplet uses the afterglow and the two meanings of people in the no to paint a clear and empty artistic realm.