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Drinking Alone Beneath the Moon Summary
Li Bai

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Drinking Alone Beneath the Moon Summary

Introduction

"Drinking Alone Beneath the Moon" was written around the year 743 by Li Po , who is widely considered to be one of the greatest poets in Chinese history. Written nearly thirteen hundred years ago during the T'ang Dynasty, the poetry of Li Po has been as familiar to readers in China and Japan as the poetry of Shakespeare is to Western audiences. During the early twentieth century, the poet Ezra Pound helped introduce Li Po to readers of English with his meticulous and moving translations of many of Li Po's works.

This poem presents a typical example of Li Po's poetic stance: cool detachment from the world around him, yet keenly observant of the slightest details. It is an attitude that displays elements of Taoism and Zen Buddhism, which are both traditional spiritual practices of China. Also evident in this poem is Li Po's legendary love of wine, which was...

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