The Classical World for Inspiration

What is striking about all of these three songs that will be examined in the essay below, is that they all were influenced by alcohol and that they all, in one way or another, are focused upon nature. Nature and natural occurrences might be a metaphor for how he was feeling at that particular time, and they might just be the setting for the song. This essay will look at three different songs by Shi – “Song for the River Tune,” “Immortal by the River,” and “Settling Wind and Waves,” examining how these three songs are similar and how they differ.
One thing that is obvious from the three songs selected is that Su Shi liked his wine. This no doubt colored his perceptions, for it seemed that every one of the songs was influenced by alcohol in some way. He was very explicit about this. For instance, in “Song for the River Tune,” Shi stated that he was “drinking till dawn I wrote this” (p. 577). In the “Immortal by the River,” he states that “I was drinking that night on Eastern Slope, I sobered and got drunk again…” (p. 578). The third song, “Settling Wind and Waves” refers to him sobering up from wine, and hinted that Shi was intoxicated – he states that he was traveling with a group of people when they all ran into a rainstorm. However, he states that, even though the other people were thrown into confusion, he “didn’t even notice” (p. 578). The best explanation for why he wouldn’t have noticed something that confused everybody else is that he was intoxicated. This shows that Shi was probably a heavy drinker, and this might be where he got his inspiration. At any rate, the fact that Shi makes this fact explicit – that he was drinking when he wrote this song or that song – shows that Shi wants the reader to somehow relate his drinking to his lyrics.
While alcohol plays a part in all three of the plays, that is not the only common&nbsp.thread that they have.