Who is Du Fu

Du Fu (Chinese: 杜甫; Wade–Giles: Tu Fu; 712–770) was a Chinese poet and politician of the Tang dynasty. Along with his elder contemporary and friend Li Bai (Li Po), he is frequently called the greatest of the Chinese poets. His greatest ambition was to serve his country as a successful civil servant, but he proved unable to make the necessary accommodations. His life, like the whole country, was devastated by the An Lushan Rebellion of 755, and his last 15 years were a time of almost constant unrest.

Although initially he was little-known to other writers, his works came to be hugely influential in both Chinese and Japanese literary culture. Of his poetic writing, nearly fifteen hundred poems have been preserved over the ages. He has been called the "Poet-Historian" and t...
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Du Fu Poems

  • To Bi Siyao
    Once stately figures in the art of rhyme,
    Now sadly down at heels, our careers in ruin,
    Regarded by our servants with disdain,
    We are grown old and gray before our time. ...
  • Ballad Of The Press-gang At Shihao Village
    One evening I found lodging in a village where
    A press-gang stole by night to seize my aging host,
    Who, hearing them, scaled the wall and hid nearby.
    Furious, the bailiff bellowed at the gate ...
  • The Pitiful Young Prince
    Hooded crows fly at night
    over the walls of Chang'an,
    uttering harsh cries
    above Welcoming Autumn Gate, ...
  • Behind The Gates Of The Wealthy
    zhu men jiu rou chou
    lu you dong si gu

    Behind the gates of the wealthy ...
  • Morning Rain
    A slight rain comes, bathed in dawn light.
    I hear it among treetop leaves before mist
    Arrives. Soon it sprinkles the soil and,
    Windblown, follows clouds away. Deepened ...
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Long 16 White 14 Night 14 River 13 Sky 12 Home 11 Moon 11 Cold 11 Life 11 Spring 10

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Shazchina: it breathes out banks of cloud. birds clear my eyes vanishing home. one day soon, at the top, those other peaks will be small enough to hold, all in a single glance.—du fu, “gazing at the sacred peak” (trans. david hinton)
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