Who is Bai Juyi

Bai Juyi (also Bo Juyi or Po Chü-i; Chinese: 白居易; 772–846), courtesy name Letian (Chinese: 樂天), was a renowned Chinese poet and Tang dynasty government official. Many of his poems concern his career or observations made about everyday life, including as governor of three different provinces. He achieved fame as a writer of verse in a low-key, near vernacular style that was popular throughout China, in Korea and Japan.Bai was also influential in the historical development of Japanese literature, where he is better known by the on'yomi reading of his courtesy name, Haku Rakuten (shinjitai: 白楽天). His younger brother Bai Xingjian was a short story writer.

Among his most famous works are the long narrative poems "Chang hen ge" ("Song of Everlasting Sorrow"), which te...
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Bai Juyi Poems

  • The Beginning Of Summer
    At the rise of summer a hundred beasts and trees
    Join in gladness that the season bids them thrive.
    Stags and does frolic in the deep woods;
    Snakes and insects are pleased by the rank grass....
  • Resignation
    Don't think of the past;
    It only awakens painful regrets.
    Don't think of the future;
    It paralyzes with uncertain longings. ...
  • Flower No Flower
    Flower no flower
    mist no mist

    arrives at midnight ...
  • After Lunch
    After eating lunch, I feel so sleepy.
    Waking later, I sip two bowls of tea,

    then notice shadows aslant, the sun ...
  • Thinking Of The Past
    In an idle hour I thought of former days;
    And former friends seemed to be standing in the room.
    And then I wondered 'Where are they now?'
    Like fallen leaves they have tumbled to the Nether Springs. ...
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Top 10 most used topics by Bai Juyi

Night 23 Spring 22 Long 19 Wind 17 Heart 16 Time 15 Red 15 Water 14 Autumn 13 Morning 12

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Poochigian: my favorite chinese translation this winter: a suggestion to liu i’ve got a hearth that’s red and warm; i’ve got a jug of liquid glee. this dusk looks like a winter storm. why not come in and drink with me? --bai juyi
Frankwatsonpoet: a talk with liu bai juyi (772 – 846), tr. by frank watson the fresh rice wine is fragrant, bubbling green, a fire beneath my small red pot of clay. now night has come, the sky is filled with snow— so, would you have a cup with me and stay?
Estherhawdon: "a flower is no flower mist no mist that which comes at midnight leaves at dawn, arrives like a spring dream - for a while leaves like a morning cloud - nowhere to be found" bai juyi [rosetsu nagasawa]
Chenmingjian_cn: “ode to pipa” is performed by cnoddt dancer-yu yu. it features a mesmerizing dance inspired by a poem written by distinguished poet bai juyi from the tang dynasty.
Poochigian: a suggestion to liu i’ve got a jug of liquid glee; i’ve got a hearth that’s red and warm; this dusk looks like a winter storm. why not come in and drink with me? --bai juyi
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If I walk in Autumn's even
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