Du Fu Biography

Poet (c. 712–c. 770)
Poet Du Fu (712–770) is considered one of the greatest of all time. He was a master of the lüshi, or "regulated verse" genre.


Born 712 in Gongxian, China, poet Du Fu completed a traditional Confucian education, but twice failed the imperial examinations required for getting a civil service job. Instead, he traveled the country, often without any money, composing poetry that after his death became regarded as some of the best of his time. He was master of the lüshi, or "regulated verse" genre.

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