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WEN Tingyun (Wēn Tíngyùn 温庭蕴)

Nirmal DASS Wen Tingyun, a Tang dynasty lyric poet whose themes were unconventional for his time—and whose verses and songs were often critical of court officials. Wen Tingyun was a lyric poet during the Tang dynasty (618–907 CE) whose innovations … Continue reading

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SIMA Xiangru (Sīmǎ Xiàngrú 司马相如)

Timothy Wai Keung CHAN Zhuo Wenjun, the wife of Sima Xiangru. Their marriage, after her widowhood, was considered scandalous. Sima Xiangru was the greatest writer of fu ? (rhapsody) in Chinese literary history. His fu became a model for emulation … Continue reading

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DU Fu (Dù Fǔ 杜甫)

Nirmal DASS Statue of Du Fu, an eminent poet who lived through the decline of the Tang dynasty. He is often called “China’s Shakespeare.” PHOTO BY PAUL AND BERNICE NOLL. One of the most prominent and influential of Chinese poets, … Continue reading

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Han Yu (Hànyǔ 汉语)

Nirmal DASS Han Yu was a poet and a Confucian thinker. His carefully wrought essay style earned him a reputation as one of greatest prose writers of the Tang period. This image was included in a book of portraits of … Continue reading

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LI Qingzhao (Lǐ Qīngzhào 李清照)

Nirmal DASS Li Qingzhao is considered to be China’s foremost woman poet. She wrote during the Song dynasty; only a hundred of her poems have survived. Considered to be the foremost of women poets in China, Li Qingzhao was born … Continue reading

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TAO Yuanming (Táo Yuānmíng 陶渊明)

Nirmal DASS Tao Yuanming Returning to Seclusion, a Chinese handscroll painting on silk, from the late Northern Song Dynasty, early twelfth century. This handscroll is inscribed with a poem by the Song Dynasty scholar Li Peng (c. 1060–1110) titled “Returning … Continue reading

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XU Zhimo (Xú Zhìmó 徐志摩)

Nirmal DASS Picture of a young Xu Zhimo, a poet renowned for introducing Western poetic forms and techniques that allowed tradition-bound Chinese verse to acquire a freer form of expression. Xu Zhimo was a modernist poet who actively sought to … Continue reading

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WANG Wei (Wáng Wéi 王维)

Timothy Wai Keung CHAN Fu Sheng, as painted in this portrait by Tang dynasty artist and poet Wang Wei. Wang Wei earned himself an enduring reputation in both poetry and painting. His greatest works in both art forms involve themes … Continue reading

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LI Bai (Lǐ Bái 李白)

Timothy Wai Keung CHAN Li Bai has come to be regarded as a poet par excellence of the Tang dynasty (618–907 CE). Although he achieved a level of fame in early mid-life, his talent was not recognized by the Tang … Continue reading

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BO Juyi (Bái Jūyì 白居易)

Timothy Wai Keung CHAN Bo Juyi (also known as Bai Juyi) 白居易 was a prolific poet, scholar, and government official active during the Tang dynasty (618–907 CE). He was widely influential for his realistic poetic style and his emphasis on … Continue reading

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