Lin Bu, painted by Kanō Tsunenobu in the 18th century.
Fenghua, Zhejiang, China
1028 (aged 60–61)|
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Lin Bu (Chinese: 林逋; 967–1028) was a Chinese poet during the Northern Song dynasty. His courtesy name was Junfu (君復). One of the most famous verse masters of his time, Lin lived in recluse by the West Lake in Hangzhou for much of his later life. His works and theatrical solitude won him nationwide fame, and he was offered prestigious government posts, although he refused all civic duties in pursuit of his poetry. Long after he died, Lin's eccentric attitude and his works retained a vivid place in Song cultural imagination and later works.
Lin is well known for his romantic poems. One example of his works, titled Everlasting Longing is shown below:
The northern hills so green,
Tears streaming from your eyes,