712 - 770
Chinese Poet

Tu-Fu ranks together with his friend Li Tai-po as one of the greatest poets and social critics in Chinese history.

Born into a scholarly family Tu Fu received a Confucian education but failed in the Imperial examination. As a result he spent much of his youth travelling, during which he met the famous poet Li Tai-po.

While Li Tai-po was Taoist in spirit Tu Fu remained devoutly Confucian. Tu Fu was deeply moved by the sorrow of his troubled times. His poems speak of the sad fate of the people, and his deep hatred of war.

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Selected Poems