The Four Talents: The Poetry Of The Tang Dynasty

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Tang Dynasty.
In the early Tang Dynasty, most of the poets followed the style of their forebears and created a blend of the characteristics of the north and south. Eventually the field of literature was refreshed and became more vigorous as a result of those who are known as The Four Talents - Wang Bo, Yang Jiong, Luo Binwang, and Lu Zhaolin,. In spite of their lower social status, each of them was gifted and has left to the Chinese people with their cheerful spirit and works that cannot be forgotten.
Poems of the period known as the flourishing Tang Dynasty enjoyed a golden environment owing to the wise reign, prosperous economy, and the prevailing strength of diplomacy. The era endowed poets with broad horizons, positive and unrestrained
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His Deng Gao (Climbing Up) achieved the perfection of sheer professionalism.He also celebrated the beauties of nature and bemoaned the passage of time, but he was also a satirist and critic. In `The Army Carts ' he condemned the senselessness of war, and in `The Beautiful Woman ' he made fun of the luxuriousness of the imperial court. Du Fu 's great reputation in literature comes in part from his expert use of all types of poetic style. His mastery of the regulated verse form was unmatched.
Wang Wei, the poet of landscape, has written lots of elegant and exquisite verses, such as 'bright moon lighting on the pine forests, clear water found running on the stones '. The tranquil feeling he gave through his poetry is utterly wonderful.
Cui Hao created the best of the seven-worded regulated poems - The Yellow Crane Tower with the verse 'yellow crane flies and never back, white cloud floats away for thousand years
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During this era especially in the 11th century Tzu form of poetry was brought to its greatest heights and this can be attributed to Li Ching. She produced six volumes of poetry and seven volumes of essays. Sadly all of them have been lost expect for some poetry fragments. Her early works were characterized with love, joy and happiness but later on her works were more dark, sad and filled with despair. This was characterized by her separation from her husband which was by his untimely death.
The prose reform continued under followers of Han Yu, and poetry of the conventional type continued to be written by members of rival literary schools. The only real innovation came with the use of everyday speech in local dialects in storytelling. This literature had its origin in unrecorded oral tales recounted by individuals to audiences gathered in marketplaces or temple yards. By the 12th century these tales became fairly lengthy narratives, many dealing with fictionalized history. This style opened new vistas in prose fiction in later periods, though its use was at first despised by professional
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