Li Bai, "God of Poetry"-Ending
One day, an anxious palace eunuch was delivering an urgent summon to the palace but found Li Bai so heavily intoxicated by drink, that nobody could wake him up. The desperate eunuch, in his haste, poured cold water onto the poet's head, doing his utmost to help him onto a horse and escort him to Xingqing. At that time, Xuanzong and his favorite concubine Yang Yuhuan happened to be viewing peonies in full bloom. They stopped Li Bai and bade him to compose a few poems to enliven the atmosphere. With the expanse of flowers before his eyes, like masses of colorful clouds, Li Bai, fueled by wine and sudden inspiration, picked up a writing brush and wrote out in one sitting, the now famous "A Song of Pure Happiness." Xuanzong had the court musician Li Guinian strike up a tune, while he himselfplayed the flute as accompaniment. But gradually, upon seeing the emperor shunning state affairs and addicted only to pleasure, while he himself seemed no more than a vehicle for their entertainment, Li Bai fell into an even deeper loneliness and gloom. Palace
At that time, the emperor's favorite eunuch Gao Lishi was quite influential. The Crown Prince had to address him as "Elder Brother," while the other princes, dukes and ministers called him, "Dad." Many high-ranking officials were promoted after fawning on him. Li Bai, however, thought this fellow rather beneath contempt. One day, the emperor fetched Li Bai to come and draft an edict. It so happened that Li Bai was also extremely drunk at the time. The eunuchs woke him up and supported him into the palace. No sooner had Li Bai taken his seat than he, in the emperor's presence, asked Gao to remove his boots for him. After being humiliated in such a manner, Gao was resolved not to take it lying down. Gao, hand in glove with Yang Yuhuan, whenever a chance presented itself, backstabbed Li Bai with criticisms in front of Xuanzong. Gradually, the emperor began to treat Li Bai coldly. Li Bai was obliged to leave Chang'an, and set out on another sightseeing tour.
Later the An-Shi Rebellion broke out, and Li Bai, at the age of 55, joined the staff of Li Lin, Prince of Yong, in an attempt to assist the prince in suppressing the rebellion. However, he had no idea that the Prince of Yong and Tang Emperor Suzong were not on good terms, and would soon fall out. On the excuse of "conspiring against the emperor," Suzong killed Li Lin, and also jailed Li Bai on a charge of "following the conspirator." Fortunately, Guo Ziyi, an influential general, came to his rescue. Li Bai's life was thus spared, and he was exiled to Yelang (today's Tongzi, Guizhou Province). Feeling a strong sense of indignation at being clearly wronged, Li Bai went into exile, starting off on the last leg of his life journey. In 762 he fell ill in Dangtu, Anhui Province, and with his life in shambles, ultimately died in poverty