He was the poet of Southern Song Dynasty. His courtesy name was Zhineng and pen name was Shih Josh, and he was from Wu County (now Wuhan).
Fan Chengdu, You Mao, Yang Wanly, and Lu You shared the same fame, and they were known as "Four great poets of Zhongxing Reign." He had inherited the Xin Yuefu's realist spirit of Bai Juyi, Wang Jian, Zhang Ji and other poets, and finally had the style of his own. His poetry had a wide range of subjects, and the style was easy to show, fresh and charming. He once wrote a poem Wushu Miyin Temple when he visited Wuzhen. In his later years, he made sixty poems of Four Seasons of Gardening, depicting rural scenery, customs and peasant life in the south of the Yangtze River. The style was fresh and bright, beautiful and smooth, full of charm, and had the characteristics of folk songs. He was a master of ancient idyllic poetry.Keyword: