Lin Bu

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Lin Bu (Chinese: 林逋; 967-1028)[1] 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,[2] 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,[2] 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.[2]


Lin is well known for his romantic poems. One example of his works, titled Everlasting Longing is shown below:


  1. ^ a b 100 Tang and Song ci poems. 
  2. ^ a b c Kang-i Sun Chang; Stephen Owen, eds. (2008). The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature, Volume 1. Cambridge University Press. p. 371. ISBN 0-521-85558-6.