Sikong Shu

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Sikong Shu or Ssü-k'ung Shu (Chinese: 司空曙; pinyin: Sīkōng Shǔ; Wade–Giles: Ssü-k'ung Shu) (ca.720 - ca.790) was a Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty. Three of his poems were included in the popular anthology Three Hundred Tang Poems. Sikong was known as one of the "Ten Poets of Talent of the Dali period" (766-779),[1] which was Emperor Daizong of Tang's third and final regnal period.


"Sikong", which is a Chinese compound surname, was a native of what is now Guangping County, of Hebei Province, China. He was moderately successful in his career as a governmental official.[2]


Sikong Shu's poems as collected in Three Hundred Tang Poems were translated by Witter Bynner as:

  • "A Farewell to Han Shen at the Yunyang Inn"
  • "When Lu Lun my Cousin Comes for the Night"
  • "To a Friend Bound North After the Rebellion"

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  1. ^ Davis, xii
  2. ^ Davis, xii


  • Davis, A. R. (Albert Richard), Editor and Introduction (1970), The Penguin Book of Chinese Verse. (Baltimore: Penguin Books).

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