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Li Bai 701 to 762
Li Bai
701-762


Theme:  Wine, Women, and Song

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

Upon first reading this poem, I felt a bit “dirty”. 15-year-old girl?  Really? - Then, again, in 8th Century China, “15” was an adult, and with this thought, Li Bai's little ditty provides a lovely “Eastern” twist on the very Western theme of “wine, women, and song.”
- S. H. Bass    

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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)

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)

Maid Of Wu
Li Bai (701 – 762), Chinese poet
translated by Shigeyoshi Obata (1888-1971)

Wine of the grapes,
Goblets of gold -
And a pretty maid of Wu –
She comes on pony-back: she is fifteen.
Blue-painted eyebrows –
Shoes of pink brocade –
Inarticulate speech -
But she sings bewitchingly well.
So feasting at the table
Inlaid with tortoise shell,
She gets drunk in my lap.
Ah, child, what caresses
Behind lily-broidered curtains!


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


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

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