Gao Shi

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Gao Shi
Traditional Chinese 高適
Simplified Chinese 高适[1]

Gao Shi (ca. 704–765[2][3]), was a poet of the Tang Dynasty, and two of whose poems were collected in the popular anthology Three Hundred Tang Poems.

Born into an impoverished family in Hunan Province, Gao eventually became a secretary in the military, enjoying a successful career.[4]

Gao Shi was one of the competitors in the famous wine shop competition along with Wang Zhihuan and Wang Changling.


One of Gao Shi's poems (as translated by Witter Bynner, appearing in the Tang 300 was "A SONG OF THE YAN COUNTRY", referring to the Yan territory of the An and Shi "Yan dynasty": the other being "TO VICE-PREFECTS LI AND WANG DEGRADED AND TRANSFERRED TO XIAZHONG AND CHANGSHA".


  1. ^ The traditional form "高適" is also used in some books in Simplified Chinese, for the Chinese character 适 may have ambiguous meaning.
  2. ^ Luo Yuming A Concise History of Chinese Literature, p. 290
  3. ^ date of death from Wu, 224
  4. ^ Red Pine. Poems of the Masters, p. 38. Copper Canyon Press, 2003.


  • Wu, John C. H. (1972). The Four Seasons of Tang Poetry. Rutland, Vermont: Charles E.Tuttle. ISBN 978-0-8048-0197-3