Li Bai: How Could He Buy Liquor?李白：何来买酒钱?
作者： 来源：互联网 2013-07-07 09:00:00.000
Li Bai is a great poet in the Tang Dynasty。 He spent his whole life with liquor. In his poem Song of Xiangyang, he said, "During the 36,000 days in 100 years, I must drink 300 cups of liquor every day." This is a kind of exaggeration, but we can also see that he was a heavy drinker. It must be a piece of cake for him to drink 50 gram of liquor a day.
The question is, if he drank liquor every single day in every month and every year, where did he get the money to buy liquor? Like Tao Yuanming who was famous for his poem Drinking Liquor, he could not afford to buy liquor and had to "sigh at the empty cup beside the fence." Dou Ge said in his Liquor Book that on one occasion, Tao Yuanming could not drink liquor for successive nine days. So, when someone sent him some liquor, he would add some water in it so as to drink for longer time. Just before his death, he sighed, "What I regret is that I can never drink liquor to my heart content."
Li Bai was no richer than Tao Yuanming. He did not know how to do farm work, could not do manual work, was not willing to do business and could not be an official. He did not have stable income and had to live on people's donation. Then, how could he drink liquor? After reading the Biography of Li Bai, we found that he had two ways to do so.
The first was to drink other's liquor. He was a famous poet at that time and could drink anywhere. At the age of 26, he began traveling to different places such as the Yangtze River, Dongting Lake, Wuyue (the region around Suzhou and Hangzhou), Hubei, Luoyang, Yangzhou, Jinling, Handan, and Lushan Mountain. He could drink liquor on his way.
The second way is to drink the emperor's liquor. In the imperial court, Li Bai was promoted to be an imperial scholar. Besides the poultry, fish and meat, he could have 500 grams of tribute wine from Xiliang specially given by the emperor every day. He did not need to pay money and could drink free liquor. So, in the three years, he drank liquor to his heart content several times a day.
Li Bai had no opportunity to use his talents and was very sad. The only things he could do were to drink liquor and write poems. Today, the number of people who cannot use their talents is decreasing, but the number of liquor drinkers is increasing. But, don't forget the negative effect of liquor: Drinking too much liquor will harm people's health. Otherwise, why did Li Bai live for only 62 years?