Su Shi

Su Shi

January 02, 1037 – August 17, 1101

the ancient Chinese poet the Japanese cuisine Sushi other uses Sushi (disambiguation)} Su Dongpo other uses Su Dongpo (disambiguation)} {chinese name:Su(awake) the Chinese character component, "Che"(车,車,car), of “Shi"(轼,軾,crossbar)} Su Shi (8January103724August1101), also known as Su Dongpo, was a Chinese writer, poet, painter, calligrapher, pharmacologist, gastronome, and a statesman of the Song dynasty. A major personality of the Song era, Su was an important figure in Song Dynasty politics, aligning himself with Sima Guang and others, against the New Policy party led by Wang Anshi. Su Shi was famed as an essayist, and his prose writings lucidly contribute to the understanding of topics such as 11th-century Chinese travel literature or detailed information on the contemporary Chinese iron industry. His poetry has a long history of popularity and influence in China, Japan, and other areas in the near vicinity and is well known in the English-speaking parts of the world through the translations by Arthur Waley, among others. In terms of the arts, Su Shi has some claim to being "the pre-eminent personality of the eleventh century."Murck 2000 Dongpo pork, a prominent dish in Hangzhou cuisine, is named in his honor.