Li Bai, "God of Poetry"-Sequel
Li Bai (701-762), styled Taibai, also named "Buddhist Lotus", was from Changlong, Mianzhou Prefecture, in central Sichuan (today's south of Jiangyou City, Sichuan Province). In the chronological history of Chinese literature, he was the second great poet, after Qu Yuan (339-278 BC), great patriotic poet from the state of Chu in China's Warring States period, Li was glorified by later generations as the "God of Poetry."
Li Bai, until he was 25 years old, lived in central Sichuan, reading and learning to fence, and living in seclusion and studying Taoism. He used to roam about Chengdu and Mount E'mei. In 742, Li Bai, at the age of 41, was on a tour of Yanxi, Huiji, when an edict from the emperor arrived, summoning him to the capital. To meet the emperor in the capital and to achieve his political ambitions had been Li Bai's dream for many years. Li Bai immediately suspended his journey, packed and set out toward Chang'an.
The Tang Emperor Xuanzong soon beckoned Li Bai to his palace. He came under the spell of the young poet, so at ease and graceful in manner, and so eloquent and unrestrained in speech. The emperor himself was also talented and sociable, and found Li Bai much to his liking. A little while later, the emperor made Li Bai a Hanlingongfeng, a courtier who composed essays or poetry to entertain the sovereign and his high-ranking officials.