Following the Rhyming Pattern of Zho-zang Gao's Poem
Huang, Ting-jian (1045 A.D.-1105 A.D.)
I was exiled to Qian City 1, 3,000 miles away from the capital.
Living in a house with a leaky roof, I feel as if I am riding a boat all day.
When the Chong-yang Festival 2 arrives, the sky finally clears
Consequently, I drink a lot to celebrate. Gui-men Gate 4 is nearby,
next to the Shu River. Do not laugh that an old man is still proud of himself.
Behold! Few people are white-haired like me. In front of Xi-ma Platform
chasing after Two-Xie, I bend my bow and shoot as I gallop. Full of heroic
spirit, we feel as if we are patting the shoulders of ancient men
Qian City was located in present day Peng-shui County, Sichuan Province.
On the ninth day of the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, Chinese
people used to drink wine and enjoy observing chrysanthemums to celebrate the
It rains most of the year in Qian City.
"Gui-men Gate" means "The jaws of death". It is a very dangerous section of
The remains of Xi-ma Platform are located south of present day Xu City. It
was built by Yu Xiang. On the platform one could watch the arena below. Emperor
Wu of the Liu-song dynasty held a party on the platform during the Chong-yang
Festival. Both Ling-yun Xie and Zhan Xie wrote poetry at the party.
While Huang was in exile, Zho-zang Gao was the Mayor of Qian City. During
the Chong Festival Gao set wine and held a party on Xi-ma Platform. Huang, as
Gao's guest, praised Gao by comparing Gao's party to Emperor Wu’s party.