Poetry in the Tang Dynasty is an unparalleled system.
Its dazzling value consists of an ideal combination of thoughts and art.
In later study of literature, it is spoken of as being representative of the whole classical literature along with two other styles of poetry—Tang Shi, Song Ci, Yuan Qu.
When considering authors, we find that, poets exist in all walks of life, ranging from emperors, officials, monks, peasants, fishermen and even children.
From the point of view of themes, it tells of politics, the military, history, landscapes, street scenes, love and so on.
From angle of style, there are creations of varying depth and initiated through numerous and complicated genres.
As for quantity, a total of over 50,000 poems have been collected and no one has any idea how many more have been lost.
Depending upon the period of its development poetry dating from the Tang Dynasty, can be classified into four groups, namely early Tang Dynasty, Flourishing Tang, Mid-Tang and late Tang Dynasty.
In the early Tang Dynasty, most of the poets followed the style of their forebears and created a blend of the characteristics of the north and south.
Eventually the field of literature was refreshed and became more vigorous as a result of those who are known as The Four Talents—Wang Bo, Yang Jiong, Luo Binwang, and Lu Zhaolin.
In spite of their lower social status, each of them was gifted and had left us with their cheerful spirit.
Thoughts in the Still of the Night
A pool of moonlight before the bed,
Took it to be frost on the ground.
Raised my head to gaze at the moon,
And lowered it to think of home.
Fishing In Snow Liu Zongyuan
From hill to hill no bird in flight;From path to path no man in sight.
A lonely fisherman afloat；Is fishing snow in lonely boat.
Drinking Alone to the Moon By Li Bai
Amongst the flowers is a pot of wine,I pour alone but with no friend at hand.
So I lift the cup to invite the shining moon,Along with my shadow we become party of three.
The moon although understands none of drinking,and The shadow just follows my body vainly.
Still I make the moon and the shadow my company，To enjoy the spring time before too late .
The moon lingers while I am singing，The shadow scatters while I am dancing .
We cheer in delight when being awake，We separate apart after getting drunk .
Forever will we keep this unfettered friendship,Till we meet again far in the Milky Way.