At a glance:
- Author: Du Fu
- First Published: 1934
- Type of Poem: Lyric/meditation
- Genres: Poetry, Lyric poetry, Meditation
- Subjects: Asia or Asians, Rivers or waterways, Birds, China or Chinese people, Middle Ages, Boats or boating
In 757, Du Fu angered Emperor Su-tsung and was demoted to a minor position away from the capital. Widespread unrest and famine soon forced him to give up the post and travel in search of a livelihood. In 760, he managed to settle down in a “straw cottage” on the western suburbs of Ch’eng-tu (in Sichuan). The Straw Cottage became the focal point of interest in his poetry thereafter. Unfortunately, in 762, the uprising of Ch’eng-tu’s Vice Prefect Hsü Chih-tao caused him to flee again. In 764, after turning down an offer of a minor position in the capital, Du Fu...
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