Li Shangyin, 李商隱

Li Shangyin (李商隱, c. 813–858) was a poet of the late Tang dynasty. The forty-five years of his life covered the tumultuous reign of six emperors and the rising influence of the palace eunuchs. The fact that he took the sobriquet Yìshān, 義山, meaning Righteous Mountain may explain his failure to rise in a time of intrigue and counter intrigue. He is said to have been born in Qìnyáng in central China’s Henan province.

Li Shangyin’s poetry is sensual, full of imagery, delightful to read.