Saturday, September 20, 2008

Luo Yin

Luo Yin , born Luo Heng, courtesy name Zhaojian , was a statesman and poet of the Tang Dynasty. Luo was born in . At the age of 20, he took his first imperial exam. He failed the exam ten times. As a result, he gave himself the pseudonym Yin .


He was said to be of ugly countenance, and that he thought highly of himself and looked down on others. In 870, he was given a post in Hunan. However, he was unable to take advantage of the post, and returned to Zhejiang in 887. Penniless and frustrated, he later became an assistant to Qian Liu, but never shed his arrogant ways. He died at the age of 77.


Luo Yin is best known for his plain spoken poetry and satiric wit. His most famous poem was called "Self Consolation" :
*::A gain makes me sing; a loss makes me sullen. Worries and regrets are always around. If there is wine today, then today is the day to get drunk. Worry about tomorrow's worries when they come tomorrow.

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