Moonbeams dance upon my bed,
Mistaken for a frosty spread.
Eyes raised to the lunar glow,
My thoughts drift to home, it flows.
The writing time of Li Bai’s “Quiet Night Thoughts” was around September 15th of the lunar calendar in 726 AD (the fourteenth year of Emperor Xuanzong’s Kaiyuan reign). Li Bai was 26 years old at the time, and his writing location was at the Yangzhou Hotel at that time. His poem “Journey in Autumn Evening” should be the sequel to “Thoughts in a Quiet Night”, and it was also written at the same time and in the same place. On a night with few stars, the poet looked up at the bright moon in the sky, feeling homesick, and wrote this famous poem “Thoughts at a Quiet Night”, which has been passed down through the ages and is well-known both at home and abroad.
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