Sugiwara no Michizane was the Japanese
god of poetry
. He wrote classical Chinese
poetry, was the closest associate to emperor
Uda and the tutor of Uda's son. Michizane's rate of progress up the political ladder
was astounding, and the supreme academic degree
of Literature award
was bestowed on him at only thiry years of age. Bad stuff happened, and Michizane was exiled to Kyushu
where he died two years later. His 23 children were saddened, I'm sure.
A famous Shinto festival is held in Kitano in Michizane/Tenjin's honor during the eighth month of each year. The essence of his heroism is in the nature of his ultimate failure.