Chinese poem illustration: 酬乐天初逢扬州席上见赠/ Reply to Letian at First Encounter Dinner in Yangzhou by Liu Yuxi
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A famous mount is by its fairy rather then its height(山不在高,有仙则名). These are the words from Li Yuxi’s article, this is also his character.
After 23 years abandoned to remote, uncivilised place from the central government, he happenly meet another poet Bai Juyi(乐天/Letian) at the bustling commercial Yangzhou city on their way back to Luoyang, the east capital. The two became buddy since this dinner till the end of their life.
Two poems was introduced in this video, the poem by Bai Juyi written for Liu, and the reply poem by Liu Yuxi. Poems to each other in a diner or party belong to a very popular type of poetry (唱和诗) of the time, most probably by Bai Juyi, Liu Yuxi and Yuan Zhen’s efforts(白居易, 刘禹锡, 元稹).
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