Huangfu Ran (714? – 767?) was a Chinese poet of the mid-Tang dynasty. His courtesy name was Maozheng.

Huangfu Ran
Courtesy name: Maozheng


Birth and early lifeEdit

He was born around 714.[a] He was a native of Anding (modern-day Jingchuan County, Gansu Province).[1] According to the New Book of Tang, Huangfu was able to compose literature by the age of ten, impressing Zhang Jiuling, who was the chancellor under Emperor Xuanzong at the time.[b][non-primary source needed]

He was the older brother of Huangfu Zeng [zh].[2]

Political careerEdit

He left government after attaining the post of Zuo Bujue (左補闕).[1]


He died around 767.[c]


His courtesy name was Maozheng.[1]


In literary history, Huangfu is generally considered a poet of the so-called mid-Tang period, which spanned the late-eighth to early-ninth century.[1]

There is an anthology of his poetry, called Tang Huangfu Ran Shiji (唐皇甫冉詩集).[1]


  1. ^ Benn (2015, p. 106) says 714 and Britannica says "714?", while the Research Centre for Translation (2004, p. 121) says "717?".
  2. ^ 皇甫冉,字茂政,十歲便能屬文,張九齡歎異之。與弟曾皆善詩。天寶中,踵登進士,授無錫尉。王縉為河南元帥,表掌書記。遷累右補闕,卒。
  3. ^ Benn (2015, p. 106) says 767 and Britannica says "767?", while the Research Centre for Translation (2004, p. 121) says "770?".


Works citedEdit

  • Benn, James A. (2015). Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. ISBN 978-988-8208-73-9.
  • "Huangfu Ran (Kōho Zen in Japanese)". Britannica Kokusai Dai-Hyakkajiten (in Japanese). Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. 2014. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  • Research Centre for Translation, ed. (2004). Renditions. Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong. Retrieved 2017-06-25.

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