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Han Yu Biography | Poet

Han Yu Biography. Read biographical information including facts, poetic works, awards, and the life story and history of Han Yu. This short biogrpahy feature on Han Yu will help you learn about one of the best famous poet poets of all-time.

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Han Yu (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: Hán Yù) (768–824), born in Nanyang, Henan, China, was a precursor of Neo-Confucianism as well as an essayist and poet, during the Tang dynasty. The Indiana Companion calls him "comparable in stature to Dante, Shakespeare or Goethe" for his influence on the Chinese literary tradition (p. 397). He stood for strong central authority in politics and orthodoxy in cultural matters. He is also among China's finest prose writers, second only to Sima Qian, and first among the "Eight Great Prose Masters of the Tang and Song". Song Dynasty poet Su Shi praised Han Yu that he had written prose which "raised the standards after 8 dynasties of literary weaknesses" .. Chinese essayist and poet during the Tang dynasty