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Du Fu

Birthdate: 712
Date of death: 770

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Du Fu was a prominent Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty. Along with Li Bai , 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 the "Poet-Sage" by Chinese critics, while the range of his work has allowed him to be introduced to Western readers as "the Chinese Virgil, Horace, Ovid, Shakespeare, Milton, Burns, Wordsworth, Béranger, Hugo or Baudelaire".

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Quotes Du Fu

„Nature ever calls people to live
Along with her; why should I be lured
By transient rank and honours?“

—  Du Fu
"The Winding River", as translated by Rewi Alley in Du Fu: Selected Poems (1962), p. 54

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„Good rain is coming to our delight.
Its early-spring timing is perfectly right.
With wind it drifts in all through the night.
Silently it's drenching everything in sight.“

—  Du Fu
"Welcome Rain in a Spring Night" (《春夜喜雨》), as translated by Ying Sun http://www.musicated.com/syh/tangpoems.htm (2008)

„The good rain knows its season.“

—  Du Fu
In: Kim Cheng Boey, Between Stations: Essays (2009), p. 102

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„I'm empty, here at the edge of the sky.“

—  Du Fu
"Poem on Night" (trans. Jan W. Walls), in Sunflower Splendor: Three Thousand Years of Chinese Poetry, eds. Wu-chi Liu and Irving Yucheng Lo (1975), p. 139

„Birds the more white, against green stream
Blooms burst to flame, against blue hills
I glance, the spring is gone again.
What day, what day, can I go home?“

—  Du Fu
"A Quatrain" (trans. Jerome P. Seaton), in Sunflower Splendor: Three Thousand Years of Chinese Poetry, eds. Wu-chi Liu and Irving Yucheng Lo (1975), p. 142

„The nation is ruined, but mountains and rivers remain.“

—  Du Fu
"Spring View" (trans. Gary Snyder), written in 755. Variant translation (by David Hinton): The nation falls into ruins; rivers and mountains continue.

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