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Tu Fu

(712-770)

  • Alone, Looking for Blossoms Along the River
       The sorrow of riverside blossoms inexplicable,
  • Ballad of the Army Carts
       The carts squeak and trundle, the horses whinny, the conscripts go by, each
  • Ballad of the Old Cypress
       In front of the temple of Chu-ko Liang there is an old cypress. Its branches
  • By the Lake
       The old fellow from Shao-ling weeps with stifled sobs as he walks furtively by the bends of the Sepentine on a day in spring. In
  • Day's End
       Oxen and sheep were brought back down
  • Dreaming of Li Po
       After the separation of death one can eventually swallow back one's grief, but
  • Full Moon
       Above the tower -- a lone, twice-sized moon.
  • Gazing at the Sacred Peak
       For all this, what is the mountain god like?
  • Moonlit Night
       Tonight at Fu-chou, this moon she watches
  • Morning Rain
       A slight rain comes, bathed in dawn light.
  • On a Prospect of T'ai-shan
       How is one to describe this king of mountains? Throught the whole of Ch'i and
  • On Seeing a Pupil of Kung-sun Dance the Chien-ch`i
       On the nineteenth day of the tenth month of the second year of Ta-li (15 November 767), in the residence of
  • Overnight at the Riverside Tower
       Evening colors linger on mountain paths.
  • Rain
       Roads not yet glistening, rain slight,
  • Restless Night
       As bamboo chill drifts into the bedroom,
  • Spring Night in the Imperial Chancellery
       Evening falls on palace walls shaded by flowering trees, with cry of birds
  • Thoughts of Li Po from the World's End
       Here at the world's end the cold winds are beginning to blow. What messages
  • Thoughts of Li Po from the World's End
       Here at the world's end the cold winds are beginning to blow. What messages
  • To the Recluse, Wei Pa
       Often in this life of ours we resemble, in our failure to meet, the Shen and