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Li Bai 701 to 762
Li Bai
701-762


Theme:   Friends

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).

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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)
 
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 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)

Descending The Extreme South Mountain
Li Bai (701 – 762), Chinese poet
translation by Florence Ayscough (1878-1942), British scholar
English verse by Amy Lowell (1874-1925), American poet

We come down the green-grey jade hill,
The mountain moon accompanies us home.
We turn and look back up the path:
Green, green, the sky; the horizontal,
kingfisher-green line of the
 hills is fading.
Holding each other's hands, we reach the house in the fields.
Little boys throw open the gate of thorn branches,
The quiet path winds among dark bamboos,
Creepers, bright with new green, brush our
garments.
Our words are happy, rest is in them.
Of an excellent flavor, the wine! We scatter the
dregs of it
contentedly.
We sing songs for a long time; we chant them to the wind in the
 pine-trees.
By the time the songs are finished, the stars in Heaven's River are
 few.
I am tipsy. My friend is continuously merry.
In fact, we are so exhilarated that we both forget
this complicated
 machine, the world.


“Descending The Extreme South Mountain; Passing The House Of Hu Ssu, Lover of Hills; Spending The Night In The Preparation of Wine” from Fir-Flower Tablets: Poems From The Chinese (1921)


Fir-Flower Tablets
 Poems From The Chinese
(1921)


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