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Chinese Tang Poetry The greatest Chinese poetry was created during the Tang dynasty (618-906), a period of general peace and prosperity regarded by historians as a high point in Chinese civilisation as well as a golden age of cosmopolitan culture. This period produced two poets who are regarded as the two greatest poets in China’s literary history: Li Bai (701-762) and Du Fu (712-770). Together these two poets cover the whole spectrum of human life and feeling, and are often appropriately referred to as ‘Li-Du ( - )’. Their poems have given the Chinese people boundless inspiration and are held up as examples of poetry. Li Bai ( 李白 ) Of the great Chinese poets, Li Bai is probably the most familiar to western readers and approximately 1,100 of his poems remain today. He is best known for his poems which represent his unusual imagination and his free and direct expression of feelings, which were intense and often fantastic. He is also often associated with Daoism; there is a strong element of striking Daoist imagery in his works, both in the sentiments they express, and in their spontaneous tone. Quiet Night Thoughts ( 靜夜思 ) 床前明月光 Before my bed there is bright moonlight, 疑是地上霜 So that it seems like frost on the ground: 舉頭望明月 Lifting my head I watch the bright moon , 低頭思故鄉 Lowering my head I dream that I’m home.
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