Chinese poem illustration: 茅屋为秋风所破歌/ Song of Gale Knocked Thatched Cottage by Du Fu
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One of the best alternative poems by Du Mu, writing about the misery of average people rather than his own feelings, pursuit and feat. This heritage started from the very beginning of Chinese poetry, or Chinese literature, namely The Book of Songs. Yet the prosperous Tang poetry did not continue this legacy until Du Fu wrote many poems since the civil war(安史之乱) broke.
The way of taking a look and caring about the average people(观民风) is quite different in one aspect, Du Fu is literally the same poor people as those he cared about, while those are lords of land and people in Zhou dynasty. This difference makes Du Fu unique, his personality, his life experience, finally his poems.
Today, there is a park in Chengdu city, named as Du Fu Thatched Cottage (杜甫草堂), located at the very site of this poem. It was rebuilt one hundred years after Du Fu left this cottage, maintained through many dynasties till today. Clearly enough, that is by the favor of average people.
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