Highlight China Common topics China Perspectives Faith & Belief Personages Nations & Customs Arts Daily Life
Phrase & Stories Mandarin Chinese Medicine KungFu Sightseeing Food & Drink Archit & Design Business


I want to know
something about ...
I love to answer a
question above...
I like to share an
inspiring article...
Show knowledge
share your views
and opinions
Sign up for free,
Get latest information
Daily Life
WANG ANSHI (1021-1086)
13/01/2011 14:06:25    Author : kathyby66@gmail.com    Browse : 1359

 WANG ANSHI (1021-1086)

Wang Anshi was born to a modest family with a history of government service. Although Wang Anshi started out as a provincial official, under the Emperor Shenzong (reigned 1067-1085) he became the most important politician of his time, a reformer who sought to regulate many aspects of Northern Song culture, from education to the military. When the conservative forces in the government opposed his reforms, he fell from favor and resigned. He was a protege of Ouyang Xiu, who praised his work, and like Ouyang saw literature as in the Confucian tradition of promoting moral and social improvements. His collected poems consist of more than 1500 pieces, and a number of his prose pieces also survive. He is known for the simplicity and clarity of his poems, especially for those written in the regulated verse form, and as one of the Eight Masters of Song and Tang Dynasty Prose.

To the Tune of "Silk-Washing Brook"

This garden of hundred acres is half covered in moss.
A white stream meanders before the gate.
But who can come here and enjoy this quietude?

In covered walkways through the small courtyard spring is silent, silent,
just mountain peach blossoms, a few apricot trees by the stream.
For whom do they drop petals, for whom do they bloom?

        ---Translated by Tony Barnstone and Chou Ping


Mooring My Boat at Guazhou

Jinkow and Guazhou are separated by water.
Bell Mountain is just behind a few mountain ranges.
Spring wind has greened the south bank of the Yangtze again.
When will the bright moon light my way home.

Wang Anshi (Wang An-shih) (1021-1086)
Translated by TB and CP


About Us    |    Statement    |   Advertising   |   Feedback   |   Contact Us
     website counter 21332 All Rights Reserved Since 2008