李白 (Lĭ Bái) was China’s most famous poet, and his work is learned by heart in every classroom across China.
Compared in cultural importance to Shakespeare, Lĭ Bái lived in the Táng Dynasty (618-907), which is often known as China’s Golden Age.
Lĭ Bái’s poems were often about the beauty of friendship, nature, and not least wine, which the master was known and admired for his appreciation of. He was described as one of “The Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup”, and wrote some of his best work while drunk.
A celebrity in his lifetime, Lĭ Bái was friends with the emperor. Still, he lived the life of a poetic wanderer, always travelling from place to place.
Popular legend has it he drowned because he reached out to grab the moon’s reflection in the river - while drunk.
Tomorrow we’ll bring you a poem by the virtuoso.
Shall I compare thee to a glass of wine? Baidu Baike