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Li Po

(701-762 / Chu / Kazakhstan)

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Li Bai's birthplace is Chu, Kazakhstan. Another candidate is Suiye in Central Asia (near modern-day Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan). However his family had originally dwelt in what is now southeastern Gansu , and later moved to Jiangyou, near modern Chengdu in Sichuan province, when he was five years old. At the age of ten, his formal education started. Among various schools of classical Chinese philosophies, Taoism was the deepest influence, as demonstrated by his compositions. In 720, he was interviewed by Governor Su Ting, who considered him a genius. Though he expressed the wish to become an official, he could not be bothered to sit for the Chinese civil service examination. Perhaps he considered ... more »

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  • ''By the North Gate, the wind blows full of sand,
    Lonely from the beginning of time until now!
    Trees fall, the grass goes yellow with autumn.''
    Li Po (701-762), Chinese poet. Lament of the Frontier Guard (l. 1-3). . . Oxford Book of Verse in English Translation, The. Charles Tomlinson, ed....
  • ''Ah, how shall you know the dreary sorrow at the North Gate,
    With Li Po's name forgotten,
    And we guardsmen fed to the tigers.''
    Li Po (701-762), Chinese poet. Lament of the Frontier Guard (l. 21-23). . . Oxford Book of Verse in English Translation, The. Charles Tomlinson, e...
  • ''I desired my dust to be mingled with yours
    Forever and forever and forever.
    Why should I climb the look out?''
    Li Po (701-762), Chinese poet. The River Merchant's Wife; a Letter (l. 12-14). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and other...
  • ''At fourteen I married My Lord you.''
    Li Po (701-762), Chinese poet. The River Merchant's Wife; a Letter (l. 7). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, e...
  • ''Please let me know beforehand,
    And I will come out to meet you
    As far as Cho-fu-Sa.''
    Li Po (701-762), Chinese poet. The River Merchant's Wife; a Letter (l. 27-29). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and other...
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  • Paul Sebastian (3/31/2014 8:07:00 AM)

    Beautifully capsuled!

  • Swaqqer Baller (11/1/2011 9:23:00 AM)

    first comment in like 6 years, swaggg

  • Uriah Hamilton (7/12/2005 7:20:00 AM)

    King of poets, King of drinkers!
    Lover of the soft moonlight
    Reflecting off the midnight water!

  • Kiiza Moses (4/20/2005 9:15:00 AM)

    I dearly love Li Po.He was indeed a Great Poet.His poems like 'To Wang Lun' are superbly written and very emotional.I love you dearly, Oh Li po!

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