All through the ages, the studies regarding Han Yu’s funeral oration were limited, and they only focused on certain writings; most of them believed that “Ji Shi Er Lang Wen” was the successful work of Han Yu’s reformed writing style. However, the author of this article discovered that the use of prose to write funeral oration was not the main writing style of Han Yu after reviewing all Han Yu’s funeral orations. Because of this, this article clarified the nature of funeral oration nominally first, and indicated the characteristics of the funeral orations in the Tang Dynasty according to the development of ceremony. Next, after using table to enumerate all Han Yu’s funeral orations, this article found out that the prose-style funeral orations were mostly the deity honor writings, and “Ji Shi Er Lang Wen” was written in the form of
prose was an exceptional case. This article discussed the text of “Ji Shi Er Lang Wen” to analyze the reasons why Han Yu used prose to write, the results showed that the objective factors such as Han Yu’s profound relationship with Han Lao Cheng, paying the homage to the dead privately, and reading out the funeral oration non-publicly were the important reasons for Han Yu to write prose; thus, Han Yu had never made efforts to try the funeral oration writing style for relatives and friends.