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Li Bai and Du Fu are greatest and most influential poets in Tang Dynasty Both of them have politics experiences that inflect their poem styles in a great impact Li Bai whose literature name is Qinglian Jushi is a romanticism poet He left his home at a young age hoping to gain recognition for his talents However the process was not as smooth as what he thought There is an anecdote about Li Bai When he was young he was sent to a private school for education but he was not a hard-working boy at that time One day on his way to home he saw an old lady near the river rubbing a thick iron stick trying to make it to a thin needle The old lady was tired and got full of sweat on the face Li Bai laughed thought this was stupid and impossible to do Then the old lady replied nothing will be impossible as long as we put efforts into it So the thick iron stick could be a needle as long as we work hard Li Bai was quite surprised by what the old lady said Since then he has become diligent and hard-working This experience influenced him a lot that he is able to become a great poet when he is older Du Fu who is considered as realistic poet is another great poet in Chinese literature He was crowned as sage of poetry by later generations He had the same experience as Li Bai did And unlike Li Bai Du Fu was raised as a Confucian whereas Li Bai was raised by Daoism And his family is quite interesting because it was once prominent scholar-officials but is declining when he is born His grandfather who has influenced Du Fu in his poems is also an important poet in early Tang DynastyAlthough both of them had a great impact in Chinese literature they have some similarities and differences
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