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EALC 352g Hayden/Chan Li Po’s Four Poems on Wine In China, one of the greatest artistic accomplishments of the Tang dynasty was in literature, and particularly in poetry. Among many great Chinese poets, Li Po has been regarded as one of the best-known poets of the early Tang period. His poetry comes quite simple and similar to one another, in the sense that one can get a clear idea of meaning after reading a couple of his poems. Li Po finds his greatest contentment in discovering the world around him and understanding what it means, and wine, which is sought openly in almost all of his poetry. Most of his work involved with drunkenness and celestial images, as well as providing human characteristics to lifeless entities. Thus, easily allow readers to create a heavenly or animated scene in mind. A famous poetry, Four Poems on Wine , brings out the wide varieties of characteristics of his literary works. Li Po begins this poem with a bottle of wine, of course. He sets a scene with blooming flowers, but indicated how lonely he is by inviting the moon to be his drinking companion. The moon was considered to be the poet’s major source of inspiration. It carried significant meanings in China, which was thought to create yin-yang principles with the Earth, keeping with the way that Taoist philosophy sees all things in complimentary pairs. As the drinking goes on, the speaker notices his own shadow posed in the same position that he is. The shadow is the result of the moonlight reaching his own body, and he immediately treats the shadow like a third person, along with himself and the moon. Since wine intends to bring humans to the same spiritual harmony with the earth that the
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moon already has, it is not at all unusual that the poem would claim, “the moon does not know how to drink.” Even though he feels that they are drinking together, the narrator does not feel that he and the moon are on common terms with each other. He has the same feeling about his shadow, which is present with him but will never be his peer. Although he considers himself to have found two drinking companions, he still feels lonely. Despite the differences that separate him from his drinking companions, the speaker finds a moment of delightful harmony as the three of them appreciate their relationship. Li Po described that it is not the coming of spring that have brought him joy, but rather the joy he gains from sharing this moment of drinking with the moon and the shadow, which serves to make the springtime seem joyful. In the following stanza,
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