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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.
Born 712
Gongyi, Henan, China
Died 770 (aged 57–58)
Tanzhou, Hunan, China
Occupation Poet
Children Du Zongwen
Du Zongwu
Du Feng'er
Relatives Du Shenyan (grandfather)
Du Xian (father)
Du Fu
"Du Fu" in Chinese characters
Chinese 杜甫
Zimei
Chinese
Shaoling Yelao
Chinese
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.

Footnotes

  • Chou, Eva Shan; (1995). Reconsidering Tu Fu: Literary Greatness and Cultural Context. Cambridge University Press. .
  • Hung, William; (1952). Tu Fu: China's Greatest Poet. Harvard University Press. .



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