In a blooming March you bade me farewell
at the Pavilion of Yellow Cranes, on the west side of town,
to go downstream following the tide.
I watched you sailing off alone
into the horizon, meeting a turquoise sky …
All that was left to me, is the Yangtze river flowing to the sea
~ Translated from Li Bai’s “Seeing Off Meng Haoran To Guangling,” a poem written in the Tang dynasty
(Meng Haoran was Li Bai’s friend, also a great poet in that era.)
~ 李白 (唐代) <<送孟浩然之廣陵>>
Li Bai, aka Li Bo, must be the most decorated and celebrated poet in the Tang dynasty, which is considered the “Golden Age of Chinese Poetry.”
In China, when people think of poetry, they think of Li Bai. For this reason, he really lives up to his title of honor – the Immortal Poet.
Friendship and solitude were among Li Bai’s most frequent themes. He was particularly famous for his capability of producing sublime verses in the state of drunkenness.