Famous Chinese Poets - Famous Poets from China (PRC)

This famous Chinese poets section is an educational source of information and inspiration featuring reknown Chinese poets. Here you will find famous poets of our time and times past from China (PRC).

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Po, Li

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Li Bai (Li Pai ; Chinese : ; pinyin : Li Bái ; Wade–Giles : Li 3 Pai 2, 701  – 762), also known as Li Bo (or Li Po ; pinyin : Li Bó ; Wade–Giles : Li 3 Po 2 ), is a Chinese poet acclaimed from his own day to the present as a genius and romantic figure who took traditional poetic forms to new heights. He and his friend Du Fu (712-770) are the two most prominent figures in the flourishing of Chinese poetry in the mid- Tang Dynasty that is often called the " Golden Age ."
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Bai, Li

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

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A Tang Dynasty Chinese poet, musician, painter and statesman.. Chinese priestess and poet
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Fu, Du

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A prominent Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty.. prominent Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty
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Confucius,

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

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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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Dongpo, Su

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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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Yuan, Qu

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Qu Yuan (343–278 BC ) was a Chinese poet and minister who lived during the Warring States period of ancient China. He is principally remembered as the supposed origin of the Dragon Boat Festival. He is also known for his contributions to classical poetry and verses, especially through the poems of the Chu Ci anthology (also known as The Songs of the South or Songs of Chu ): a volume of poems attributed to or considered to be inspired by his verse writing. Together with the Shi Jing, the Chu Ci is one of the two great collections of ancient Chinese verse .
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Chin, Staceyann

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Staceyann Chin is a spoken-word poet, writer, performing artist and LGBT rights political activist.
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Ting, Shu

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Shu Ting (Chinese :, pinyin : Shu Tíng, born 1952 Jinjiang, Fujian ) is the pseudonym of Gong Peiyu (Chinese:, pinyin : Gong Pèiyú), a Chinese poet associated with the Misty Poets.
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Bo, Wang

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

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Aì Qing (Chinese : ; born Jiang Zhènghán and styled Jiang Haichéng ; March 27, 1910 – May 5, 1996), is regarded as one of the finest modern Chinese poets. He was known under his pen names Línbì, Kè'a and Éjia .
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Duo, Duo

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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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Binwang, Luo

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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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Heng, Zhang

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Zhang Heng (Chinese :  t   , s   , p   Zhang Héng ; AD 78–139), formerly romanized as Chang Hêng, was a Chinese polymath from Nanyang who lived during the Han dynasty. Educated in the capital cities of Luoyang and Chang'an, he achieved success as an astronomer, mathematician, inventor, geographer, cartographer, artist, poet, statesman, and literary scholar.
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Yuanming, Tao

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Tao Yuanming (traditional Chinese : ; simplified Chinese : ; pinyin : Táo Yuanmíng ; Wade–Giles : T'ao Yüan-ming ) also known as Tao Qian (simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese : ; pinyin : Táo Qián ; Wade–Giles : T'ao Ch'ien ) (365–427) was a Chinese poet of the Six Dynasties period (c. 220 - 589 CE). Tao Yuanming later changed his name to Tao Qian and is generally regarded as the greatest poet during the centuries between the Han and Tang dynasties. He is also the foremost of the "recluse" poets, or the poets who seem to have written their greatest work while in reclusion and/or those poets in whose poems the theme of countryside solitude particularly resonates.
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You, Lu

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Lu You (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: Lù Yóu; Wade-Giles: Lu Yu, 1125–1209), was a Chinese poet of the Southern Song dynasty.. Chinese Song Dynasty poet
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Shi, Su

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Su Shi (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: Su Shì) (January 8, 1037 – August 24, 1101), was a writer, poet, artist, calligrapher, pharmacologist, and statesman of the Song Dynasty, and one of the major poets of the Song era. His courtesy name was Zizhan and his pseudonym was Dongpo Jushi, and he is often referred to as Su Dongpo. Besides his renowned poetry, his other extant writings are of great value in the understanding of 11th century Chinese travel literature as well as details of the 11th century Chinese iron industry.. Song Dynasty writer poet artist calligrapher pharmacologist gastronome and statesman
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Qiji, Xin

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Xin Qìjí (28 May 1140–1207) was a Chinese poet, military leader, and statesman during the Southern Song dynasty .
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Cheng, Gu

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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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Yuxi, Liu

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Liu Yuxi (Wade-Giles : Liu Yu-hsi ; simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese : ; pinyin : Liú Yuxi ) (772–842) was a Chinese poet, philosopher, and essayist, active during the Tang Dynasty. He was an associate of Bai Juyi and was known for his folk-style poems. Most famously, he is known for his poem Lou Shi Ming, "Inscription of a crude house". It describes living in a simple dwelling, following a life that is rich in character, refined in culture and learning.
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Xingde, Nalan

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Nalan Xingde (simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese : ; Wade-Giles : Na-lan Hsing-te; 1655–1685) was a Chinese poet active during the Qing Dynasty, famous for his ci poetry. He was actually born Nalan Chengde, but had to change his name when the Kangxi Emperor named Yinreng, whose birth name also had the character cheng, the crown prince. Xingde also adopted the courtesy name Rongruo .
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Xuanji, or Yu Hsuan-chi, Yu

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Yu Xuanji (simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese : ; pinyin : Yú Xuánji ; Wade–Giles : Yü Hsüan-chi, approximate dates 844–869, or, according to one source, 871), courtesy names Youwei (Chinese : ; pinyin : Yòuwei ) and Huìlan (simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese : ; pinyin : Huìlán ), was a Late Tang Dynasty Chinese poet, from in Chang'an. Her family name, Yu, is relatively rare. Her given name, Xuanji, means something like "Profound Theory" or "Mysterious Principle," and is a technical term in Daoism and Buddhism. "Yòuwei" means something like "Young and Tiny;" and, Huìlán refers to a species of fragrant orchid. She is distinctive for the quality of her poems, including many written in what seems to be a remarkably frank and direct autobiographical style; that is, using her own voice rather than speaking through a persona. She is of interest in feminist studies as one of relatively few early female Chinese poets, at least whose works have been preserved.
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Zi, Hai

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Hai Zi (Chinese:, March 1964 - 26 March 1989) is the pen name of the Chinese poet Zha Haisheng (Chinese:). He was one of the most famous poets in Mainland China after the Cultural Revolution. He committed suicide by lying on the path of a train in Shanhaiguan at the age of 25.. Chinese poet
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Qian, Tao

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Tao Qian (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Táo Qián; Wade–Giles: T'ao Ch'ien) (365–427), better known as Tao Yuanming, was a Chinese poet. Born in modern Jiujiang, Jiangxi, he was one of the most influential pre-Tang Dynasty (618–907) Chinese poets.. Chinese poet of the Six Dynasties period
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