In the Tang Dynasty, there were eight great poets with lofty ideals. They either worked as senior officials to do great things, or they would take part in Zen from the Tao and roam the mountains and rivers. Therefore, many people (including experts and scholars studying him) think that Li Bai's political career was a step-by-step success, and he didn't take the relatively complete examination at that time.
In fact, according to many Tang Dynasty laws and regulations, such as Tang Zhiyan and Tang Yingui signature, the "two legged" walk in the imperial examination at that time was known as the "regular subject", that is, every year from county, state (government), road to the central ritual department, sometimes by clapping. Although this kind of examination appears to be a little open and fair, it has a lot of complicated contents, a lot of checkpoints, and a small number of people are admitted (there are 700 or 800 people who can go to Beijing for reference every year, only about 20 people are admitted). It is far from meeting the needs of the great Tang Dynasty to govern the country, and the outstanding people are not willing to waste their time here, but choose the form of "system" as a shortcut to enter the government. The imperial examination system was the main form of imperial examination in Tang Dynasty. From time to time, the emperor issued an imperial edict to select extraordinary talents. The references were directly recommended to the emperor by famous and high-ranking officials. After the interview, the emperor made a final decision. The examination can be held several times a year, with an unlimited number of people. There are three important conditions for taking part in the examination system: first, there are special talents; second, there are important people to recommend; third, the special abilities that are suitable for the taste and preference of the emperor. Li Bai had these three points, followed the rules and regulations, and tried his best to climb the dragon's gate.
First of all, Li Bai "recites six Jias at the age of five, watches hundreds at the age of ten", "fifteen good swordsmanship" and "makes Fu congruous". Before the age of 20, he also read many Taoist books, Buddhist scriptures, and studied the long and short sutras, the art of establishing the country by Anbang, under the guidance of Zhao Rui, a famous master of vertical and horizontal Arts in Yanting County nearby. The breadth and depth of his knowledge, as well as his extraordinary understanding of his predecessors' classic ancient books, are beyond the reach of those scholars who step by step attend the regular subject examination. In addition, Li Bai's poems are frank and frank, and his folk songs are full of flavor. When he was a teenager, he learned "Fanwen" in his hometown (Jiangyou lived in the Tang Dynasty for the Di people of ethnic minorities). These two advantages are beyond other scholars' imagination or learning, and they are also biased. Later, they were objectively appreciated by the Emperor Xuanzong of Tang Dynasty.
Secondly, Li Bai was publicized and recommended by many important people. When he was 16 or 17 years old, he learned from Zhao Rui about the long and short sutras, "it's different from the news of the Guanghan Dynasty's eunuch, because he raised two people to be virtuous, but he didn't rise to it"; when he was 21 years old, he brought his own poems to Su Yu, the governor of Yizhou, to recommend himself. Su once said that he "this son is talented, brilliant, and never stops writing When he was thirty or forty years old, he had paid a visit to Han Changshi of Jingzhou, Li Changshi of Anzhou, Pei Changshi, Zheng Changshi of Yingzhou, the daughter of the emperor, Zhang Xun, his son-in-law, and Wu Yun, a Taoist who had contacts with the emperor His friends reached Yanmen in the north, Xiangyuan in the south, Yuezhong in the East, and no less than 100 people had martial arts in the West. Although he was directly summoned by the emperor at the age of 42, and was recommended by Princess Yuzhen, Taoist Wu Yun and Prince guest he Zhizhang, who was the Emperor's tutor. However, it was not cold for a day. Other people also played a great role in promoting him. When the emperor met him, he said, "Qing is cloth clothes, It's called Lianzhi. It's not a matter of morality. How can we get it? ". It can be seen that Li Bai's participation in the public relations section of the "examination system" scored full marks.
Thirdly, Li Bai's specialty adapted to the needs of the emperor. The new epitaph written for him by fan chuanzheng, the son of Li Bai's friend, Xuanshe (now Anhui Province), an observer, said that he had written "cursive answers to some books, which could be interpreted as if they were suspended in the river, and kept writing". The literati of Ming Dynasty compiled the book of Li lilililixianzui caohuman. Although the latter was the words of novelists, Li Bai understood the prose and handled some foreign affairs documents in the Imperial Academy. The territory of Tang Dynasty is vast. From west to Central Asia, a large number of bilingual talents are urgently needed. Li Bai is quick in thinking and can write poems at once. His language is popular and fluent, and his allusions are rich, appropriate and easy to pick up. For the emperor of Tang Dynasty who is tired of listening to the traditional palace poetry, this is like a new trend.
To sum up, Li Bai did follow the "hidden rules" at that time to take the imperial examination.
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