Li Bai

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Li Bo (Chinese: , Lǐ Bo or Lǐ Bó; lived 701 – 762), also known in the West by various other transliterations, especially Li Po, is a major Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty poetry period. He has been regarded as one of the greatest poets in China's Tang period, which is often called China's "golden age" of poetry. Approximately 1,100 poems attributed to Li Bai remain today,[1] including thirty-four in the popular anthology Three Hundred Tang Poems.

Li Bai travelled extensively "looking for patrons",[2] became well known for his consumption of wine,[3] (in fact, he was part of the group of Chinese scholars called the "Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup" in a poem by fellow poet Du Fu), served for brief periods under the emperor, though generally not dependent for his living upon holding an official position.[4] He died from illness.

In China, his poem "Quiet Night Thoughts", reflecting a nostalgia of a traveller away from home,[5] has been widely "memorized by school children and quoted by adults".[6]

In the West his influences include many translations, adaptations, and much inspiration.


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