Wang Wei

Wang Wei

Wang Wei (701–761 C.E.) is often considered on of the three greatest poets in China’s 3,000-year poetic tradition. He was the master of the short imagistic landscape poem.

The Selected Poems Of Wang Wei

Poetry by Wang Wei

Translated by David Hinton

Wang Wei (701-761 C.E.) is often spoken of, with his contemporaries Li Po and Tu Fu, as one of the three greatest poets in China’s 3,000-year poetic tradition. Of the three, Wang was the consummate master of the short imagistic landscape poem that came to typify classical Chinese poetry. He developed a nature poetry of resounding tranquility wherein deep understanding goes far beyond the words on the page—a poetics that can be traced to his assiduous practice of Ch’an (Zen) Buddhism.…
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Wang Wei is one of those model poets, personally and artistically flawless, who occur very rarely in the history of literature.

—Kenneth Rexroth
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