Wang Shipeng 1112-1171

A native of Wenzhou in present-day Zhejiang, Wang gained the jinshi degree in 1157 and was appointed Assistant in the Palace Library. In an attempt to help recover land lost to the Jurgens in the North, Wang presented several reform proposals to the court, but all were rejected. His concern for the dynasty also shows in his poetry, collected in Meixi ji [Collected Writings of Meixi], expressing the political ideal of 'spreading the superior's beneficence and showing solicitude to the common people'.