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Li Po

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Li Po nebo též Li Paj vlastním jménem Li Tchaj-po je nejpopulárnější klasický čínský básník období Tchang. V Japonsku je znám také jako Rihaku.

Citáty Li Po

„Leaving at dawn the White Emperor crowned with cloud,
I've sailed a thousand li through Canyons in a day.
With the monkeys' adieus the riverbanks are loud,
My skiff has left ten thousand mountains far away.“

—  Li Bai

"Leaving the White Emperor Town for Jiangling", as translated by Xu Yuanchong in 300 Tang Poems: A New Translation, p. 92
Originál: (zh) 朝辞白帝彩云间,千里江陵一日还。

„All the birds have flown up and gone;
A lonely cloud floats leisurely by.
We never tire of looking at each other—
Only the mountain and I.“

—  Li Bai

[38] "Alone Looking at the Mountain"
Variant translations:
The birds have vanished down the sky.
Now the last cloud drains away.
We sit together, the mountain and me,
until only the mountain remains.
"Zazen on Ching-t'ing Mountain", trans. Sam Hamill
Flocks of birds fly high and vanish;
A single cloud, alone, calmly drifts on.
Never tired of looking at each other—
Only the Ching-t'ing Mountain and me.
"Sitting Alone in Ching-t'ing Mountain", trans. Irving Y. Lo

„A cup of wine, under the flowering trees;
I drink alone, for no friend is near.
Raising my cup I beckon the bright moon,
For he, with my shadow, will make three men.
The moon, alas, is no drinker of wine;
Listless, my shadow creeps about at my side.
Yet with the moon as friend and the shadow as slave
I must make merry before the Spring is spent.
To the songs I sing the moon flickers her beams;
In the dance I weave my shadow tangles and breaks.
While we were sober, three shared the fun;
Now we are drunk, each goes his way.
May we long share our odd, inanimate feast,
And meet at last on the Cloudy River of the sky.“

—  Li Bai

"Drinking Alone by Moonlight" (月下獨酌), one of Li Bai's best-known poems, as translated by Arthur Waley in More Translations From the Chinese (1919)
Variant translation:
From a pot of wine among the flowers
I drank alone. There was no one with me—
Till, raising my cup, I asked the bright moon
To bring me my shadow and make us three.
Alas, the moon was unable to drink
And my shadow tagged me vacantly;
But still for a while I had these friends
To cheer me through the end of spring...
I sang. The moon encouraged me.
I danced. My shadow tumbled after.
As long as I knew, we were boon companions.
And then I was drunk, and we lost one another.
...Shall goodwill ever be secure?
I watch the long road of the River of Stars.
"Drinking Alone with the Moon" (trans. Witter Bynner and Kiang Kang-hu)
Originál: (zh_Hant) 花間一壺酒,獨酌無相親。

„Since life is but a dream,
Why toil to no avail?“

—  Li Bai

"A Homily on Ideals in Life, Uttered in Springtime on Rising From a Drunken Slumber" (c. 750), in A Golden Treasury of Chinese Poetry: 121 Classical Poems (1976), p. 115
Variant translation by Arthur Waley: "Life in the World is but a big dream; I will not spoil it by any labour or care."
Originál: (zh_Hant) 處世若大夢,胡爲勞其生?

„Before bed, the bright moon was shining.
Now, I think the ground has a frost covering.
I raise my head … to view the bright moon,
Then I lower my head … and I think of home.“

—  Li Bai, Quiet Night Thought

"Thoughts on a Still Night" (静夜思); in Jean Ward's Li T'ai-po: Remembered (2008), p. 99
Variant translation:
Before my bed the moonlight glitters
Like frost upon the ground.
I look up to the mountain moon,
Look down and think of home.
"Quiet Night Thought", in Classical Chinese Literature: An Anthology of Translations (2000), p. 723
Originál: (zh_Hant) 床前明月光,疑是地上霜。

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„Flying waters descending straight three thousand feet,
Till I think the Milky Way has tumbled from the ninth height of Heaven.“

—  Li Bai

"Viewing the Waterfall at Mount Lu" (望庐山瀑布), trans. Burton Watson
Originál: (zh-TW) 飛流直下三千尺,疑是銀河落九天。

„See how the Yellow River's waters move out of heaven,
Entering the ocean, never to return.“

—  Li Bai

"Bringing In The Wine" (將進酒)
Originál: (zh) 君不见,黄河之水天上来,奔流到海不复回。

„I sat drinking and did not notice the dusk,
Till falling petals filled the folds of my dress.“

—  Li Bai, Self-Abandonment

"Self-Abandonment" ( 自遣, as translated by Arthur Waley (1919)
Originál: (zh_Hant) 對酒不覺暝,落花盈我衣。

„Oh, but it is high and very dangerous!
Such travelling is harder than scaling the blue sky.“

—  Li Bai

"Hard Roads In Shu" (蜀道难)
Originál: (zh) 蜀道之难,难于上青天!

„Her robe is a cloud, her face a flower;
Her balcony, glimmering with the bright spring dew,
Is either the tip of earth's Jade Mountain,
Or a moon-edged roof of paradise.“

—  Li Bai

"A Song Of Pure Happiness I" (清平调之一)
Originál: (zh) 云想衣裳花想容,春风拂槛露华浓。

„Enjoy a cup of wine while you're alive!
Do not care if your fame will not survive!“

—  Li Bai

"Hard Is the Way of the World" III, trans. Witter Bynner
Originál: (zh_Hant) 且樂生前一杯酒,何須身後千載名。

„Here it is night: I stay at the Summit Temple.
Here I can touch the stars with my hand.
I dare not speak aloud in the silence
For fear of disturbing the dwellers of Heaven.“

—  Li Bai

"The Summit Temple" (夜宿山寺), in The White Pony: An Anthology of Chinese Poetry from the Earliest Times to the Present Day (1947), p. 173
Originál: (zh-CN) 危楼高百尺,手可摘星辰。

„I will mount a long wind some day and break the heavy waves,
And set my cloudy sail straight and bridge the deep, deep sea.“

—  Li Bai

"The Hard Road" (行路難) I, trans. Witter Bynner
Originál: (zh) 长风破浪会有时, 直挂云帆济沧海。

„You ask me why do I dwell in these green mountains,
But I smile without a reply, only an easy mind.
The river flows away silently, bearing the fallen peach blossoms,
Here is another world, but not the world of men.“

—  Li Bai

"Question and Answer in the Mountain"
Originál: (zh_Hant) 問余何意棲碧山,笑而不答心自閒。

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