Singapore University of Social Sciences

Poetry of Li Bai and Du Fu (李杜诗)

Poetry of Li Bai and Du Fu (李杜诗) (CHS114)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: Chinese

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


Li Bai and Du Fu are the two most important poets of the Tang Dynasty. Their poems have been valued and respected by scholars throughout the ages. Through the introduction of the life and historical background of Li Bai and Du Fu, students will understand the societal context of their times and the problems faced by both poets, and how these influence their literary creation and achievements. Through a critical reading of the poems, students will learn about the poets' pursuit of literary excellence and self-actualization.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Life journey and Friendship 李杜的生平与交谊
  • Li Bai's autobiographical poems 李白的自传诗
  • Du Fu's autobiographical poems 杜甫的自传诗
  • Selected Readings of Li and Du drinking poems 李、杜饮酒诗选读
  • Selected Readings of Li and Du scenic poems 李、杜山水诗选读
  • Selected Readings of Li and Du nostalgic poems 李、杜怀古诗选读
  • Selected Readings of Li and Du war poems 李、杜战争诗选读
  • Historical figures in Li and Du’s poems 李、杜歌咏的历史人物
  • Li and Du's Views on Literature 李、杜文学观
  • The images of women in the poems of Li and Du 李、杜两家诗中的妇女形象,及李白擅长的闺怨诗
  • Comparison of Li and Du's poems on objects 李、杜两家咏物诗比较,杜甫的擅长的咏物诗
  • Conclusion

Learning Outcome

  • State the life experiences of Li Bai and Du Fu and the historical background of their times
  • Describe the artistic characteristics of Li Bai’s and Du Fu’s poems, and the changes in different periods of their life
  • Illustrate Li Bai and Du Fu's literary achievements and influence
  • Discuss the similarities and differences between Li Bai and Du Fu's poetic styles
  • Explain Li Bai’s and Du Fu’s contribution to the development of Tang poetry
  • Apply knowledge from the course to appreciate the poetry of Li Bai and Du Fu
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