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Xin Qiji
Xin Qiji (1140-1207) wrote more than 600 lyrics, which werecollected in jiaxuan's Lyrics . Strong patriotism and fighting spirit are the basic essence of Xin Qiji's lyrics. In Partridge Sky and Dance of theCavalry, he reiterates his yearning for the North and his memories of the war against the Kin in North China.
Wang Wei And Meg Haoran's Landscape Poetry
Wang Wei and Meng Haoran were both skilled at depicting natural scenery in five-character lines. The extant works of Wang Wei (AD 701 -761) include more than 400 poems. His landscape and pastoral poemsmainly describe his reclusive life and the beautiful scenery in Zhongnanand Wangchuan.
Tao Yuanming
Tao Yuanming (AD 365-427), also known as Tao Qian, is a famous landscape poet. He had been a minor official for several years during his youth. Weary of the corruption in government, he resigned his post and lived a recluse's life ever after.
Bai Juyi
Bai Juyi (AD 772-846) was another outstanding realist poet after DuFu. He was the most prolific poet among Tang Dynasty poets. His poemswere divided by himself into four categories: satire, leisure, sentimentand miscellany His most important legacy to Tang poetry were theattributes of his satirical poems.
Liu Yong
Liu Yong (c. 987-1053) was the first poet to devote himself totally to the writing of lyrics in the Northern Song Dynasty. He made great contributions in broadening the use of language, developing long lyrics(slow tune) and enriching the expressive techniques of lyric poetry.
Li Qingzhao
A remarkable woman poet of the Song Dynasty, Li Qingzhao (1084-1155) made great achievements in prose as well as poetry, but most of all in the field of lyrics.
GAO Shi And Cen Shen
Gao Shi and Cen Shen, both veterans of military service, excelled at writing seven-character line verse. Their poems reflect a common desireto devote their lives to their country-but the artistic techniques adopted in their poems are widely different.
Su Shi
The poems and lyrics of Su Shi (1037-1101) were of a virile timbre and an unrestrained spirit.
Qu Yuan (34O-278 BC) is generally recognized as the first great Chinese patriotic poet in the history of Chinese literature.
Li Shangyin
The poems of Li Shangyin (AD 813-858) further build on the artistictraditions of Chinese classical poetry.
Li Bai
Li Bai (AD 7O1 -762), the most outstanding poet at the height of the Tang Dynasty, is one of the great romantic poets after Qu Yuan. He was later called the "poetic genius." Li Bai's life was full of frustration and his thoughts were complex.
Lu You
The extant works of Lu You (1125-1210) include more than 9,300 poems, covering almost all aspects of social life in the early Southern Song Dynasty.
Du Fu
The poems of Du Fu (AD 712-77o), the exemplary realist poet inthe history of Chinese literature, mirror the social outlook of the onceprosperous Tang Dynasty in decline. Du's poems are rich in socialcontent, and have a distinct epochal character and a definitive politicalinclination. Du Fu's poetry fervently appeals to the nation in the upliftingspirit of self-sacrifice. Du Fu was, therefore, called the "The Sage ofPoetry" and his poems are praised as "epic poetry."
Ouyang Xiu's Prose
The prose of Ouyang Xiu (1007-1072) has three characteristics: (1)Varied styles and inclusion of many expressive methods includingargument, narration and lyric; (2) the formation of a new style based onthe best qualities of classical writing and Pian wen; (3) Harmonious rhymes.
Han Yu's Prose
The prose of Han Yu (AD 768-824) is rich in content and varied in form. His concise, novel and vivid language made a fine model for the Revival of Classical Prose. The style of Han Yu's prose can be summarized as powerful, unrestrained and flexible.
Liu Zongyuan's Prose
The prose of Liu Zongyuan (AD 773-819) is natural and fluent. He was a prolific writer and created many excellent biographies, fables and travel notes.
Ban Gu And Chronicles of The Han Dynasty
Ban Gu (AD 32-92) of the Eastern Han Dynasty wrote the first dynastic history, Chronicles of the Han Dynasty. Chronicles of the Han Dynasty has 100 articles, recounting a history of 229 years from Emperor Gaozu to Wang Mang of the Han Dynasty.
Sima Qian And Records of The Historian
Records of the Historian, written by Sima Qian (145-c.87 BC) of the Western Han Dynasty, plays an important role in linking the past and the future in the development of Chinese prose.
Su Shi's Prose
Su Shi is a prominent writer in the history of Chinese literature, who was highly accomplished in poetry, song lyrics and prose creation. His works, with their heroic spirit, rich ideological content and unique artisticstyle, are regarded as the height of literary achievement of the Northern Song Dynasty.
Wang Anshi's Prose
The prose of Wang Anshi (1021-1086) focuses on the problems of society, politics and life, becoming also a weapon in his political struggles.

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