Sorrow After Departure
Sorrow After Departure is the most significant of Qu Yuan's works, and also the longest ancient Chinese classic poem. Its 2 477 characters in 373 verses constitute an autobiography that is peppered with metaphors and analogies. The poem exposes the darkness and decrepitude of the ruling clique, its wickedness, greed, lewdness, and brutality. Qu Yuan also evokes the image of an upright patriot who upholds justice, seeks truth, braves hardship and persecution，and loves his country and people. Patriotism and love for his people are thus expressed in his writing, as well as his anguish and sorrow at being prevented from realizing his political ideals.