Tu Fu, his contemporary, occasionally abandoned the cult of abstract form.
Tu Fu is placed first by the Chinese because he is the greatest national poet.
When Tu Fu's literary ability and poetical genius were made known to the Emperor, office and honours were bestowed on him.
Here he is at sharp variance with Tu Fu, who probes to the roots of events even when he appears to be merely describing them.
Tu Fu was, of course, known to the Emperor as a man who would have been promoted but for the opinions aired in his papers.