Li ShangYin 李商隐

Born: 813 CE (Henei, Henan Province)
Died: 858 CE (???)
Dynasty: Tang

At the age of twenty-five, Li ShangYin passed the imperial examination, but he was never to rise very far in civil service as his marriage to a woman outside his political faction seriously damaged his chances for advancement.  He is best known for his love poetry (especially the his many untitled "无题" poems), which are very sensuous and some of which are regarded as "pure poetry" by modern critics.  Much of his poetry alludes to love affairs; it is unknown if these were real or symbolic allegories.

Source: wikipedia.org 09.29.08

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