Qin Guan (Ch'in Kuan) [ 1049-1100

A native of present-day Jiangsu province. Qin presented himself to Su Shi Ĭ (1037V1101) and became his close friend and disciple. After obtaining his jinshi degree in 1085, Qin embarked on an official career. However, his association with Su Shi later led to his being given a succession of minor posts. A musician in his own right, Qin is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding ci-poets of the Northern Song and excelled at poems on the subject of parting and separation.