Du Fu was a prominent Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty. Along with Li Bai (Li Po), he is frequently called the greatest of the Chinese poets.
His greatest ambition was to serve his country as a successful civil servant, but he proved unable to make the necessary accommodations.
His life, like the whole country, was devastated by the An Lushan Rebellion of 755, and his last 15 years were a time of almost constant unrest.
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