Gao Shi

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Gao Shi
Tang dynasty poet Gao Shi.jpg
Gao Shi, painted by Kanō Tsunenobu in the 18th century.
Native name 高適
Born 704
Cangzhou, Hebei, China
Died 765 (aged 60–61)
Cangzhou, Hebei, China
Occupation Poet
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese [1]
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Chinese 仲武
Gao Changshi

Gao Shi (ca. 704–765[2][3]) was a poet of the Tang Dynasty, two of whose poems were collected in the popular anthology Three Hundred Tang Poems. His courtesy name was Dàfú (達夫).[4][5]

Born into an impoverished family, Gao eventually became a secretary in the military, enjoying a successful career.[6] His hometown was either in modern Hunan Province or Shandong Province.[5][6]

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. ^ Kanjigen entry "Gao Shi" (Kōteki/Kōseki). Gakken 2006.
  5. ^ a b Daijisen entry "Gao Shi" (Kōseki). Shogakukan.
  6. ^ a b 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