Bai Juyi (772–846). This famous poet of the Hanlin Academy was known for his bleak style. Poets, along with alchemists, diviners, shamanists, astrologers, physicians, fortunetellers, were on hand at the academy to serve the Emperor’s needs.
Founded as a personalized consulting group for the Tang emperors, Hanlin yuan (??? Hanlin Academy)—a common variant for Hanlin xueshi yuan (Institute of Academicians)—later evolved into a prestigious cultural and secretarial apparatus staffed with the….