The Mountainside Bower
High bower scrapes celestial sphere,
When I climb, the sun seems near.
The sunlit trees appear in bloom;
The mist-veiled royal tombs in gloom.
Far-off high mountains low would seem;
Windows belittle flowing stream.
To freedom had I known the way,
I would worship Buddha for age.
This poem is an exhaustive description of the majestic and high height of the Chief Master’s Pavilion. The high pavilion in the poem is a building in the Chief Master’s Temple, which was written in the poem by Cen Shen because it is so high. The logic of the poem is still to write about the scenery first and then add a personal comment at the end. The first and second stanzas exaggerate the towering position of the pavilion in the temple, and the middle four stanzas are about the view from the pavilion. The whole poem is easy to understand, it is about a high pavilion, but at the end it points out the function of this pavilion, which is a Buddhist building for monks to practice. This ending has a lot of connotations, not only explaining the role and location of the pavilion, but also summarizing the characteristics of its environment, i.e., pure and distant.