701-762, Tang Dynasty
Translation and artwork: Lena Tan, 2003
Li Bai was born in Central Asia to a family outside the Tang aristocracy. He created a rebel persona by exaggerating his eccentricities and writing a flamboyant poetry that has been called “strangeness on top of strangeness.” He was never accepted by his contemporaries in the capital, though his prodigious talent got him an appointment in the emperor’s court, from which he was eventually dismissed for frequent transgressions on the social conventions.
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