Willow Branch Song （Ⅰ）
The flute played on “Mume Blossoms” on Northern Frontier,
“The Laurel Branch” to Southern River shore was dear.
They were sung in the former dynasties for long.
Now listen to my newly composed “Willow Song” .
The poem “Willow Branch Song （Ⅰ）” is a seven-line poem written by Bai Juyi, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. The first two lines of the poem are about the beauty of the willow tree, and the poet focuses on the willow, showing the dynamics, form and color of its material. The second two lines are about the poet’s evaluation of the willow tree and his own, because the place where the willow tree was born was not allowed to get its place and could not be appreciated by people, implying that the willow tree was not met with talent and was unjust, implicitly attacking the talent selection mechanism and relevant government officials at that time.