Kwei Chen (essay date 1953)
SOURCE: Kwei Chen, "Po Chu-i: People's Poet," in China Reconstructs, Vol. 4, July/August, 1953, pp. 31-5.
[In the following essay, Chen expounds on the social criticism found in Po Chu-i's poetry.]
Popular, bitter and lyrical, the poet Po Chu-i (772-846 A.D.) is no stranger to people outside China. For over a thousand years, his name has been inseparably connected with Chinese poetry, which is of course an integral element of Chinese civilization. But today Po has a fresh significance for Chinese poetry lovers and for the people of the world. The new, correct interpretation of Chinese history strengthens our appreciation of his contribution to the humanitarian...
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