Lu Guimeng (Lu Kuei-meng) d. ca.881

A native of the Suzhou area. Little is known about his life, but he appears to have spent much of it living in seclusion on his estate and writing poetry, fu and essays. The poems are often about nature or the local scenery, and several sets are on rural subjects such as fishing, wine-making and tea. He worked the land himself and expressed his sympathy with the common people in thinly-veiled attacks on the abuse of power. He was well-versed in Daoism, and although reported to have been a melancholy person his writings show a great enjoyment of life.