Tu Fu

(712-770 / Gong County / China)

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Most of what is known of Du Fu’s life comes from his own poems. His paternal grandfather was Du Shenyan, a noted politician and poet during the reign of Empress Wu. He was born in 712 in Gong county, near Luoyang, Henan province. In later life he considered himself to belong to the capital city of Chang'an, ancestral hometown of the Du family.

Du Fu's mother died shortly after he was born, and he was partially raised by his aunt. He had an elder brother, who died young. He also had three half brothers and one half sister, to whom he frequently refers in his poems, although he never mentions his stepmother.

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  • Rookie Jesus Christ (4/2/2014 10:50:00 AM)

    Ganon Dorf is right!

  • Rookie Jesus Christ (4/2/2014 10:48:00 AM)

    What the heck? ! That made zero sense!

  • Rookie Daniel Partlow (4/2/2008 7:10:00 AM)

    One of Tu Fu (Du Pu) 's greatest poems is not listed here but I quote it in:
    http: //www.poemhunter.com/poem/on-route-from-the-capital-to-fengxian-to-damascus/

  • Rookie Vladimir Markelof (4/10/2007 7:06:00 AM)

    Dear friends!
    I offer you translation of the poem of Mr. Tu Fu into Russian. Translation is placed on a Russian-speaking site
    www.stihi.ru
    sirch: А в т о р – В л а д и м и р М а р к е л о в – Н а и с х о д е д н я
    Thank you.

  • Rookie - 0 Points Alex Nodopaka (5/10/2006 9:57:00 AM)

    Dear Honorable Tu Fu,

    With great pleasure it was
    to read your fine wine poem
    many an Englishman would envy
    your 8th century language mastery
    As for me I like Vodka better than tofu

    Sincerely,

    Your gypsy friend from the 21st century

  • Rookie - 233 Points Uriah Hamilton (7/12/2005 7:35:00 AM)

    Tu Fu had immense love for Li Po!
    Uriah loves them both!

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Best Poem of Tu Fu

Full Moon

Above the tower -- a lone, twice-sized moon.
On the cold river passing night-filled homes,
It scatters restless gold across the waves.
On mats, it shines richer than silken gauze.

Empty peaks, silence: among sparse stars,
Not yet flawed, it drifts. Pine and cinnamon
Spreading in my old garden . . . All light,
All ten thousand miles at once in its light!

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