Su Tung-po Poems
- On The Birth Of His Son Families, when a child is born Want ...
- Battle Of Red Cliff The Yangtze flows east Washing away A ...
- Shui Tiao Ko Tou Will a moon so bright ever arise ...
- Shui Lung Yin Like a flower, but not a flower No one cares ...
- Pu Suan Tzu A fragment moon hangs from the bare tung ...
Born in 1036, Su Tung-po was a famous Chinese poet. He was also called Su Shih. Born in present-day Sichuan province, Su was from a literary family. During the Sung Dynasty he wrote very simple poems based on Buddhist Philosophy. Su occupied many official posts, rising to president of the board of rites (which regulated imperial ceremonies and worship). He designed the parks surrounding Lake Si in Hangzhou. Five emperors came to the throne during his lifetime.
Su’s poetry and art were inspired by Taoism and Buddhism, although his political views were founded in Confucian philosophy. Su is generally considered the greatest poet of the Sung dynasty. He is also noted for his ... more »
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On The Birth Of His Son
Families, when a child is born
Want it to be intelligent.
I, through intelligence,
Having wrecked my whole life,
Only hope the baby will prove
Ignorant and stupid.
Then he will crown a tranquil life
By becoming a Cabinet Minister.