Li Po

(701-762 / Chu / Kazakhstan)

About Tu Fu

Poem by Li Po

I met Tu Fu on a mountaintop
in August when the sun was hot.

Under the shade of his big straw hat
his face was sad--

in the years since we last parted,
he'd grown wan, exhausted.

Poor old Tu Fu, I thought then,
he must be agonizing over poetry again.

Li Po
tr. Hamil

Comments about About Tu Fu by Li Po

  • * Sunprincess * (9/13/2015 10:34:00 PM)

    ......a wonderful read and excellent tribute ★(Report)Reply

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  • Gajanan MishraGajanan Mishra (4/2/2015 10:22:00 PM)

    agonizing over poetry, I like it.(Report)Reply

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  • Yvonne Prete (3/17/2012 9:04:00 PM)

    So where do I find his farewell poem?(Report)Reply

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  • Jeremy Yamashiro (6/16/2006 2:51:00 PM)

    and i think the reason tu fu was *second* best poet was because of all the agonizing he goes through; tu fu's poetry is about war and politics, li po's about nature and wine - i think this gives li po an unfair advantage when it comes to beautiful poetry.(Report)Reply

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  • Uriah Hamilton (6/14/2005 9:23:00 AM)

    The greatest poet in China thinking fondly about the second greatest poet in China, what a poem!(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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