A Song for the Travelling Son (游子吟) was composed by Meng Jiao (孟郊) to express his gratitude for his mother. The poem is relatively simple and easy to understand. It was written when the 50-year-old poet was appointed as a county official in Liyang, Jiangsu Province. He then brought his mother to live in the county.
Bamboo Branch Song (竹枝词) was composed by Liu Yuxi (対禹锡) to express the mixed feelings of a maiden in love. She falls in love with a man and wonders anxiously about his feelings about her. Therefore, hope and worry are mingled, bringing her a complicated state of mind.