300 Tang Poems

The 300 Tang Poems (唐詩三百首, Tángshī sānbǎi shǒu, often shortened to Tang Shi) is an anthology of poems from China’s Tang Dynasty (618–907), considered China’s Golden Era. The poems of varying length, cover a wide range of subjects — topical, romantic, tragic, legendary, and historical, mostly written by men but also a few women, plus one emperor, and a couple of anonymous poets.

It was compiled around 1763 by the Qing Dynasty scholar Sun Zhu (孫洙, 1722–1778), born in Jiangsu Province, also known as Hengtang Tuishi.

The popular anthology contains 310 poems by more than 80 poets. The most popular poets being Du Fu, Li Bai, Wang Wei, and Li Shangyin, who together account for a total of 126 poems. Sun Zhu was inspired by another work called the Thousand Family Poems (千家詩, Qianjiashi) which he found unacceptable.

Today it is considered a classic work of Chinese literature.

Anthology of 300 Tang Poems, 千家詩