Wei Zhuang (Wei Chuang) 836?-910

One of the pioneering ci poets of the late Tang and early Five Dynasties (late 9th century¡Ğearly 10th century) period. His poetry is noted for its simplicity and elegance of style. Born near the capital Chang'an, he was in the city to take the civil service examinations when it was attacked by rebels. He fled to Luoyang, only returning in 893 to obtain his xiucai degree and then serve at court. When the Tang fell, he was in Sichuan serving as secretary to Prince Wang Jian ¤ı«Ø (d. 918), and stayed on to help him establish the independent kingdom of Shu. He died in Chengdu.

Works available in English:

  • The Song-poetry of Wei Chuang (836-910 A.D.)(John Timothy Wixted).
       Tempe, Ariz.: Center for Asian Studies, Arizona State University, 1979.
  • Washing Silk: The Life and Selected Poetry of Wei Chuang (Robin D.S. Yates).
       Cambridge, Mass.: Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 1988.