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Li Bai 701 to 762
Li Bai
701-762


Theme:  Poetry and Poets

Special Rhyme List:  Now That's Funny!

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

If you were from 8th Century China, you would be rolling on the floor laughing at this poem.  The “Warrior of Lake Province” was a Buddhist, and so Li Bai is being, what we would call in modern parlance, “a smart ass”.  The “Green Lotus Man” is the name of a Buddhist saint.  Claiming to be a reincarnation of the “Buddha of Golden Grain” would be akin to someone from Ancient Greece declaring himself to be Dionysus, the god of wine.  You may laugh now!
- 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)

Maid Of Wu (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)

On Being Asked Who He Is
Li Bai (701 – 762), Chinese poet
translated by Shigeyoshi Obata (1888-1971)

I call myself the Green Lotus Man;
I am a spirit exiled from the upper blue;
For thirty years I've hid my fame in wine shops.
Warrior of Lake Province, why must you ask
about me?
Behold me, a reincarnation of the Buddha of Golden Grain!


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


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

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