Pao Chao

Pao Chao

 

(also Pao Ming-yuan). Born circa 414; died circa 466. Chinese poet.

In medieval Chinese literature, Pao Chao’s poetry is distinguished by its democratic content. The influence of yüehfu folk poetry is found in his cycles of poems Imitations of a Song of the Thorny Path and Imitations of the Ancients. Their main themes are lamentation over injustice and compassion for the people, who suffer from wars and taxes. The work of Pao Chao did not receive recognition in his own time, but it was highly regarded by the best poets of the T’ang period, who inherited its tradition.

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