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Li Bai 701 to 762
Li Bai
701-762


Themes:  Bad Times
                      Wine Drinkers

Other English translations:
Awakening From Sleep On A Spring Day
(Obata)
Waking From Drunkenness on a Spring Day
(Waley)



NOTES:
Amy Lowell, the co-translator of this poem with Florence Ayscough, also contributes her own wine poems to vintagewinepoems.com.

Li Bai is also known as Li Po, Li Bo, Li Tai-po, and as  Rihaku (Japanese name).
- S. H. Bass    

Special Note:  The Wine Poems of China


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

Drinking Alone In The Moonlight II
(Lowell)
A Vindication
(Obata)
Drinking Alone by Moonlight III
(Waley)

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)
After Being Drunk On A Spring Day
Li Bai (701-762), Chinese poet
translation by Florence Ayscough (1878-1942), British scholar
English verse by Amy Lowell (1874-1925), American poet

This time of ours
Is like a great, confused dream.
Why should one spend one's life in toil?
Thinking this, I have been drunk all day.
I fell down and lay prone by the pillars in front of
the house;
When I woke up, I gazed for a long time
At the courtyard before me.
A bird sings among the flowers.
May I ask what season this is?
Spring wind,
The bright oriole of the water-flowing flight calls.
My feelings make me want to sigh.
The wine is still here, I will throw back my head
and drink.
I sing splendidly,
I wait for the bright moon.
Already, by the end of the song, I have forgotten
my feelings.


“A Statement Of Resolutions After Being Drunk On A Spring Day”;  from Fir-Flower Tablets: Poems From The Chinese (1921)


Fir-Flower Tablets
 Poems From The Chinese
(1921)


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