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Li dissertation editing service Te-yü (787–850), leader of one of the two major factions that dominated official politics during the second quarter of the century, had a special fondness for the fu. Editing Resources Introduction Thirty-two of his rhapsodies, all with prefaces telling the motive behind their composition, are preserved. Most of these deal with physical objects—plants or animals, for which Li Te-yü had a consuming appreciation: he went to great effort to stock his grand P'ing-ch'üan estate near Loyang with rare and beautiful specimens encountered on his official travels. His fu are both lively and elegant, even when the topic is historical, as is true of his rhapsody “Chih-chih fu” (Knowing Where to Stop), in which he sings the praises of men from the Spring and Autumn period to Western Han times who combined an appropriate commitment to government service with intervals of deliberate reclusion. Li Te-yü's shih poems are equally felicitous. Most interesting are the two sets (one of twenty poems, the other of ten) describing objects at his P'ingch'üan grounds and also a long poem with self-commentary reconstructingfrom remembered fragments lines he composed in a dream (shades of Coleridge).

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