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Tu Fu

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  • Tu Fu (712–770) hoped to become a career civil servant but failed the examinations. He met Li Po in 744, an influential friendship for him although the poets met again only once. He held some official positions but the whole country was disrupted by the An Lushan Rebellion of 755, and his last 15 years were lived in constant personal unrest. Nearly 1,500 poems by him have been preserved.

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