Du Fu

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Du Fu
Later portrait of Du Fu with a goatee, a mustache, and black headwear
There are no contemporaneous portraits of Du Fu; this is a later artist's impression.
Gongyi, Henan, China
Died770 (aged 57–58)
Tanzhou, Hunan, China
ChildrenDu Zongwen
Du Zongwu
Du Feng'er
RelativesDu Shenyan (grandfather)
Du Xian (father)
Chinese name
Shaoling Yelao
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Du (Tu).

Du Fu (Chinese: 杜甫; pinyin: Dù Fǔ; 712-770 AD) was a Chinese realistic poet. He was also called Zi Mei. Du Fu is often regarded, along with Li Bai and Wang Wei, as one of the three greatest poets in China's literary history. He has been called Poet-Historian and the Poet-Sage by Chinese critics. Today we know about 1,400 of his poems. His poetry describes human suffering that he had witnessed throughout his life. It also reflected on the troubled times during the Tang Dynasty. In 755 he was forced to flee his home and was separated from his family for a year.[1][2]

Footnotes[change | change source]

  1. Marsh, Kevin. "Du Fu." World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 4 Dec. 2013.
  2. "Du Fu." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2013. Web. 4 Dec. 2013.

References[change | change source]

  • Chou, Eva Shan; (1995). Reconsidering Tu Fu: Literary Greatness and Cultural Context. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-44039-4.
  • Hung, William; (1952). Tu Fu: China's Greatest Poet. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-7581-4322-2.