enter image description hereI have a pair of cups ca 40 mm high with a lot of text - is it a poem or just decorative calligraphy? Anybody can help me?

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This is a famous poetry(in nice calligraphy writing) which was written by 杜甫 regarding his friend 李白 and other 7 famous poets who, in his opinion, were "8 Immortals Indulged in Wine" (Yeah it was a thing back then. If you can write beautiful poems while you are drunk, you must be a genius haha). The part on this cup is the part only about 李白.

Both of them are titans of 唐诗. Actually they are the best two in most people's opinion. And the best part about their friendship is that 杜甫 is such a Realism poet while 李白 is famous for his Romantic poetic style. Their style are totally opposite yet they cherish each others work and their friendship deeply.


I don't know how to translate it since it is hard to translate poems.

Here is the wikipedia page about this poem: 饮中八仙歌

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    Li Bai can compose a hundred poems while finishing two liters of wine; Sleeping in a wine house in Chang'an; Refuses to board the ship even the Emperor is calling; Proclaiming this servant of the court is a god of drinking
    – Tang Ho
    Mar 30, 2023 at 15:23
  • @TangHo thank you. I think your translation conveyed the literal meaning pretty good! Mar 30, 2023 at 21:04
  • Thank you so much for the information! I bought this pair of wine cups with warmers 2005 and been thinking about the text sins then. Iḿ happy! Wich you a good weekend! Mar 31, 2023 at 8:06
  • @StigEklund You are welcome! Enjoy your drinks. If you could, please accept this as the accepted answer so this question can be marked as answered. Mar 31, 2023 at 15:54

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