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Famous Chinese Poets - Famous Poets from China (PRC)

A list of famous poets by country or nationality which includes poems and biographical information of the most famous poets. Read and enjoy famous poetry by famous Poets of various nationalities and countries.

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Anshi, Wang

Wang Anshi (Chinese : ; December 8, 1021 – May 21, 1086 ) was a Chinese economist, statesman, chancellor and poet of the Song Dynasty who attempted controversial, major socioeconomic reforms. These reforms constituted the core concepts and motives of the Reformists, while their nemesis, Chancellor Sima Guang, led the Conservative faction against them.
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Bai, Li

A Chinese poet who lived during the Tang Dynasty.. major Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty poetry period
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Ban, Consort

Consort Ban (c. 48 BCE — c. 6 BCE), or Ban Jieyu, (Chinese : ; pinyin : Ban Jiéyú ; Wade–Giles : Pan Chieh-yü, and also known as Lady Pan ) was a Chinese scholar and poet during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 23 CE). Jieyu was a title for a concubine, her personal name is not known.
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Binwang, Luo

Luo Binwang (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Luò Binwáng; Wade–Giles: Lo Pinwang, ca. 640–December 29, 684), courtesy name Guanguang (/), was a Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty. His family was from modern Wuzhou, Zhejiang, but he was raised in Shandong. Luo is grouped with Wang Bo, Yang Jiong (/) and Lu Zhaolin (/) as one of the Four Greats of the Early Tang as the most outstanding writers of their time.. Chinese writer and poet recognized as one of the Four Greats of the Early Tang
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Bo, Wang

Wang Bo (Chinese : ; ca. 649–676), courtesy name Zi'an, was a Chinese poet in the Tang Dynasty .
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Can, Wang

Wang Can (177–217), style name Zhongxuan, was a politician, scholar and poet who lived in the late Eastern Han Dynasty. He contributed greatly to the establishment of laws and standards during the founding days of the vassal kingdom of Wei – the forerunner of the state of Cao Wei in the Three Kingdoms period – under Cao Cao. For his literary achievements, Wang Can was ranked among the Seven Scholars of Jian'an .
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Changling, Wang

Wang Changling (traditional Chinese : ; simplified Chinese : ; pinyin : Wáng Changlíng ) (698–756) was a major Tang Dynasty poet. His zi was Shaobo (Chinese : ). He was originally from Taiyuan in the Shanxi province of China, according to the editors of the Three Hundred Tang Poems, although other sources claim that he was actually from Jiangning near modern-day Nanjing. After passing the prestigious jinshi examination, he became a secretarial official and later held other imperial positions, including that of an official posting to Sishui, in what is currently Xingyang, in Henan province. Near the end of his life he was appointed as a minister of Jiangning county. He died in the An Lushan Rebellion.
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Cheng, Gu

Gu Cheng (simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese : ; September 24, 1956 – October 8, 1993) was a famous Chinese modern poet, essayist and novelist. He was a prominent member of the " Misty Poets ", a group of Chinese modernist poets.
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Cheng'en, Wu

Wu Cheng'en (simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese : ; pinyin : Wú Chéng'en ; Wade–Giles : Wu Ch'êng-ên, ca. 1500–1582 or 1505–1580 ), courtesy name Ruzhong, pen name "Sheyang Hermit," was a Chinese novelist and poet of the Ming Dynasty, and is considered to be the author of Journey to the West, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature .
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Ching-Chao, Li

Li Qingzhao (Traditional Chinese : ; Simplified Chinese :, pinyin : Li Qingzhào; Wade-Giles : Li Ch'ing-chao, pseudonym Yi'an Jushi (“Yi'an Householder ”)) (1081–c. 1141) was a Chinese writer and poet of the Song Dynasty .
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Confucius,

Confucius was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.
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Dao, Bei

Bei Dao (simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese : ; pinyin : Bei Dao ; literally "Northern Island", born August 2, 1949) is the pen name of Chinese poet Zhao Zhenkai (S:, T:, P: Zhào Zhènkai ). He was born in Beijing. He chose the pen name because he came from the north and because of his preference for solitude. Bei Dao is the most notable representative of the Misty Poets, a group of Chinese poets who reacted against the restrictions of the Cultural Revolution.
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Dao, Jia

Jia Dao (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: Jia Dao; Wade-Giles: Chia Tao) (779–843), courtesy name Langxian, was a Chinese poet active during the Tang Dynasty. He was born near modern Beijing; after a period as a Buddhist monk, he went to Chang'an. He became one of Han Yu's disciples, but failed the jinshi exam several times. He wrote both discursive gushi and lyric jintishi. His works were criticised as "thin" by Su Shi, and some other commentators have considered them limited and artificial.. Chinese poet active during the Tang Dynasty
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Daosheng, Guan

Guan Daosheng (Chinese: ; 1262–1319) was a Chinese poet and painter who was active during the Yuan Dynasty .
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Desheng, Liang

Liang Desheng (Chinese : ; Pinyin : Liáng Déshéng ; 1771–1847) was a Chinese poet and writer active during the Qing Dynasty. She was the wife of Xu Zongyan, a prominent intellectual from Hangzhou. Since her sister died young, Liang Desheng acted as a surrogate mother for her niece Wang Duan, who would become an editor. Both of them were also friends with another female poet, Gu Taiqing .
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Di, Pei

Pei Di (Chinese : ; pinyin : Péi Dí ; Wade–Giles : P'ei Ti ) was a Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty, and a contemporary of Wang Wei, although younger by fifteen years. The poet's name is also rendered into English as "Pei Ti" or "Pei Shidi"(shi = ). The close personal friendship between Wang Wei and Pei Di is preserved in a letter by Wang Wei inviting him for a Springtime visit together at Wang's country estate. This letter has been translated by Arthur Waley. Pei also had a poetic relationship with Du Fu. Other than through his few surviving poems, and the poems addressed to him by Wang Wei and Du Fu, "pitifully little" is known about Pei Di, other than that he had a reasonably successful government career.
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Dongpo, Su

Su Shi (traditional Chinese : ; simplified Chinese : ; pinyin : Su Shì ), also known as Su Dong Po (January 8, 1037 – August 24, 1101) was a Chinese writer, poet, painter, calligrapher, pharmacologist, gastronome, and a statesman of the Song Dynasty (960–1279). A major personality of the Song era, Su was an important figure in Song Dynasty politics, aligning himself with Sima Guang and others, against the New Policy party lead by Wang Anshi. Su Shi was famed as an essayist, and his prose writings lucidly contribute to the understanding of topics such as 11th-century Chinese travel literature or detailed information on the contemporary Chinese iron industry. His poetry has a long history of popularity and influence in China, Japan, and other areas in the near vicinity; and, his poetry is well known in the English speaking parts of the world through the translations by Arthur Waley, among others. In terms of the arts, Su Shi has some claim to being "the pre-eminent personality of the eleventh century."
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Duo, Duo

Duo Duo or Duoduo (Chinese : , 1951 - ) is the pen name of contemporary Chinese poet, Li Shizheng, a prominent exponent of the Chinese Misty Poets. Duo Duo was awarded the 2010 Neustadt International Prize for Literature .
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Engetsu, Chugan

Chugan Engetsu ( , January 28, 1300 – February 9, 1375), Japanese poet, occupies a prominent place in Japanese Literature of the Five Mountains, literature in Chinese written in Japan. Chugan's achievement was his mastery of this difficult medium, a signal of the ripening of Five Mountains poetry and prose in Japan. He was born in Kamakura of a family that claimed descent from Emperor Kammu (r. 781-806). At age eight he entered the prestigious monetary of the Zen Rinzai sect in Kamakura as an acolyte. At twelve he was a disciple of Dokei. At this time Chugan began in earnest his Chinese studies, devoting himself to the Classic of Filial Piety and Analects. He left for Kyushu hoping to travel to China, but did not succeed. After this disappointment he traveled to Kyoto and met the reclusive patriarch Kokan Shiren (1278–1346). In 1320 he realized his hopes for a journey to China that resulted in a seven-year study-tour of Zen masters and institutions. In 1332 Chugan returned in disgust to a Japan wracked by civil war and unrest. He chose for his residence the Nanzenji monastery in Kyoto. In 1339 he was asked to establish the Kisshoji monastery. From this point until his death in 1375 he was residing as head of many of the Zen establishments in Japan. His writings reflect both a Confucian concern with social values and a Zen love of the ironic and iconoclastic.
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Fenggan,

Fenggan (simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese : ; pinyin : Fenggan ; Wade–Giles : Fengkan ; literally "Big Stick", fl. 9th century) was a Chinese Zen monk-poet lived in the Tang Dynasty, associated with Hanshan and Shide in the famed " Tiantai Trio" .
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Fenggan,

Fenggan (simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese : ; pinyin : Fenggan ; Wade–Giles : Fengkan ; literally "Big Stick", fl. 9th century) was a Chinese Zen monk-poet lived in the Tang Dynasty, associated with Hanshan and Shide in the famed " Tiantai Trio" .
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Fu, Du

A prominent Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty.. prominent Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty
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Furen, Huarui

Consort Xu (c. 940 – 976) was a concubine of Later Shu 's emperor Meng Chang during imperial China 's Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. More commonly known as Madame Huarui, she was also a notable poet.
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Gu, Ban

Ban Gu (Chinese : ; Wade–Giles : Pan Ku ; AD 32–92), courtesy name Mengjian, was a 1st-century Chinese historian and poet best known for his part in compiling the Book of Han. He also wrote a number of fu, a major literary form, part prose and part poetry, which is particularly associated with the Han era. A number of Ban's fu are anthologized by Xiao Tong in the Wen Xuan .
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Guimong, Lu

Lu Guimeng (simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese : ; pinyin : Lù Guimeng ; Wade–Giles : Lu Kuimeng ) (died 881), courtesy name Luwang, was recluse Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty. He lived in seclusion at Puli near Suzhou. His pseudonyms included, Mr. Puli, Tiansuizhi, and Jianghu Shanren .
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