Friday, 21 March 2014

Du Fu: Spring View

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
The country is broken, though hills and rivers remain,
In the city in spring, grass and trees are thick.
Moved by the moment, a flower's splashed with tears,
Mourning parting, a bird startles the heart.
The beacon fires have joined for three months now,
Family letters are worth ten thousand pieces.
I scratch my head, its white hairs growing thinner,
And barely able now to hold a hairpin.



Du Fu (Wade-GilesTu FuChinese杜甫pinyinDù Fǔ; 712 – 770) was a prominent Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty. Along with Li Bai (Li Bo), he is frequently called the greatest of the Chinese poets.

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