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Li Bai 701 to 762
Li Bai
701-762


Theme:  Defending Wine


Other English translations:
Drinking Alone In The Moonlight II (Lowell)
Drinking Alone by Moonlight III
(Waley)


NOTES:
Li Bai is also known as Li Po, Li Bo, Li Tai-po, and as  Rihaku (Japanese name).

The Wine Star was a constellation in the night sky. The Wine Spring was said to flow with waters that tasted like wine, and in some versions of the legend actually was wine.

In China of yore, the “transparent wine” was known as “The Sage” and the “turgid wine” or “thick wine” was known as “The Wise”.  Li Bai is playing with the double meaning of these two words, a common practice among poets of his era (and ours).
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A Farewell Banquet (Lowell)
A Midnight Farewell (Obata)

A Mountain Revelry (Obata)

At The Ancestral Shrine Of King Yao (Lowell)

Before The Cask of Wine (Obata)

Descending The Extreme South Mountain (Lowell)

Drinking Alone by Moonlight II (Waley)

Drinking Alone On The Rock (Lowell)

Maid Of Wu (Obata)

On Being Asked Who He Is (Obata)

On The Yo-Yang Tower (Obata)

Sent As A Parting Gift (Lowell)

Taking Leave Of Du Fu (Lowell)

The Terraced Road (Lowell)

To Meng Haojan (Obata)

Two Poems Written As Parting Gifts (Lowell)

While Journeying (Obata)

With A Man of Leisure (Obata)


poems with multiple English translations:
After Being Drunk On a Spring Day (Lowell)
Awakening From Sleep On A Spring Day
(Obata)
Waking From Drunkenness on a Spring Day
(Waley)

Drinking Alone In The Moonlight I
(Lowell)
Three With The Moon And His Shadow
(Obata)
Drinking Alone by Moonlight I
(Waley) A/V

Drinking Song (Lowell)
An Exhortation
(Obata)

On The Eve Of Starting On A Journey
(Lowell)
Parting At a Tavern of Chin-Ling
(Obata)

Old Tai's Wine-Shop
(Lowell)
On The Death Of The Good Brewer
(Obata)

River Chant
(Lowell)
On The Ship Of Spice-wood
(Obata)
The River Song
(Pound) A/V

The Solitude of Night
(Obata)
Self-Abandonment
(Waley)
A Vindication
Li Bai (701-762), Chinese poet
translated by Shigeyoshi Obata (1888-1971)

If heaven loved not wine,
A Wine Star would not be in heaven;
If earth loved not the wine,
The Wine Spring would not be on the earth.
Since heaven and earth love the wine,
Need a tippling mortal be ashamed?
The transparent wine, I hear,
Has the soothing virtue of a sage,
While the turgid is rich, they say,
As the fertile mind of the wise.
Both the sage and the wise were drinkers,
Why seek for peers among gods and goblins?
Three cups open the grand door to bliss;
Take a jugful, the universe is yours.
Such is the rapture of the wine,
That the sober shall never inherit.


from The Works of Li Po, the Chinese Poet (1921)



The Works of Li Po, the Chinese Poet (1921)

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