Men of Letters


  • Su Xiaoxiao - Chinese Famous Courtesan and Female Poet from the Southern Qi Dynasty
    Su Xiaoxiao (苏小小, died c. 501), also known as Su Xiaojun and sometimes by the appellation "Little Su", was a famous courtesan and poet from Qiantang city (now Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China) in the Southern Qi Dynasty (479-502). She had a sister named...
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  • Yuan Haowen - The Greatest Living Literary Figure in the Late Jin Dynasty
    The Chinese Sanqu poetry writer Yuan Haowen (元好问) (1190-1257) was also known as Yishan (遗山) or "Yuan of Yi Mountain." He was from Xinzhou in Shanxi province. His ancestors were of non-Chinese origins who changed their surname to Yuan. His father experienced...
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  • Yan Zhitui - A Noted Scholar Living in A Period of Turmoil
    Yan Zhitui (531–591) was a Chinese scholar, calligrapher, painter, musician, and government official who served four different Chinese states during the late Southern and Northern Dynasties: the Liang Dynasty in southern China, the Northern Qi and Northern...
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  • Song Yu - A Major Writer of Chu Ci (The Songs of Chu)
     Song Yu (宋玉; 3rd century BCE) was a well-known Chinese poet in the State of Chu. He is commonly said to be a nephew of Qu Yuan, but no reliable biographical information is available (He is also said to be a student of Qu Yuan). Several poems in the Chu...
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  • Xie Lingyun - the Founder of Chinese Natural Landscape Poems
     Xie Lingyun (Chinese: 谢灵运; Pinyin: Xiè Língyùn, 385-433), poet of Eastern Jin Dynasty, founder of Chinese natural landscape poems focusing on the "mountain and streams", was called the "Originator of Landscape Poems" and one of the most famous Chinese...
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  • Tao Yuanming - Pastoral Poet
    Tao Yuanming, also called Tao Qian, was named "Mr. Jingjie" by other people, and he called himself "Mr. Wuliu". He was a renowned anchoret and outstanding poet in the Eastern Jin Period and commonly labeled "pastoral poet". His talent in poem and the...
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  • The Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove
    During the Wei and Jin Dynasties, there were seven famous scholars who would get together in the bamboo grove for drinking wine, playing musical instruments, chanting poems and chatting. They were Ji Kang, Ruan Ji, Ruan Xian, Shan Tao, Xiang Xiu, Wang Rong...
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  • Xu Gan - Philosopher and Poet of the Late Han Dynasty
    Xu Gan (170 - 217) was a philosopher and poet of the late Han Dynasty period of Chinese history. He was known in the cohort of the Seven scholars of Jian'an.He is best known in the West for his discourse on the relationship between the names and...
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  • Chen Lin(陈琳) - A Famous Scholar in Late Han Dynasty
    Chen Lin (died 217), style name Kongzhang (孔璋), was a minister during the late Han Dynasty period of Chinese history. Chen was one of the "Seven Scholars of Jian'an" and originally served under General-in-Chief He Jin in the imperial court.According to...
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  • Wang Can- Leading Poet among Seven Scholars of Jian'an
     Wang Can (177–217) was a Chinese politician, scholar and poet during the late Han Dynasty period. He contributed greatly to the establishment of laws and standards during the founding days of the Principality of Wei – predecessor to the later Cao Wei...
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