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Chinese poem illustration: 宣州谢眺楼饯别校书叔云/ Farewell Dinner for Uncle Li Yun at Xie Tiao High Rise in Xuanzhou City by Li Bai

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At the Xie Tiao Building (谢朓楼) with his uncle, in his fifties, Li Bai wrote this lyric poem , inspired by the view on the high rise building , by the name of the building, Xie Tiao, who is Li Bai’s most admired poet , of course by wine as well.

After 10 years of abandonment by the emperor, We can feel the changes of Li Bai from this poem. He started to comfort himself , he wants to forget his life long pursuit and get lost.

All the changes is quite natural, no matter how ambitious, talented and outstanding he was. The difference of Li Bai or the differences Li Bai made, is his creativity on many wordings, visions, spirits, which are imprinted in a chinese heart. Remember it and feel it : The date of yesterday(昨日之日), The date of today(今日之日), Strike sword to stop the rushing water(抽刀断水), a toast to destroy the worry and sadness(举杯消愁)

宣州谢脁楼饯别校书叔云
李白

弃我去者,昨日之日不可留;
乱我心者,今日之日多烦忧。


长风万里送秋雁,对此可以酣高楼。
蓬莱文章建安骨,中间小谢又清发。
俱怀逸兴壮思飞,欲上青天览明月。


抽刀断水水更流,举杯销愁愁更愁。
人生在世不称意,明朝散发弄扁舟。

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