The interest of the Kangxi Emperor in Tang Poetry is shown here by his calligraphic reproduction of a Tang poem, in praise of chrysanthemums.
Quan Tangshi (simplified Chinese: 全唐诗; traditional Chinese: 全唐詩; pinyin: Quán Tángshī; Wade–Giles: Ch'üan2 T'ang2-shih1; literally "Complete [Collection of] Tang [Dynasty]ShiPoetry"), also known as Chuan Tang-shih and Complete Tang Poems (common bibliographic reference abbreviation ChTS), is the premier collection of Tang poetry, containing some 49,000 poems,  the Quantangshi is the major reservoir of surviving Tang Dynasty poems, and one of the largest and most important, historically and otherwise, collections of poetry ever made.
In 1705, the Kangxi Emperor issued an edict to Cao Yin, a trusted imperial bondservant, official, and a literary figure in his own right. He commanded Cao to compile and publish all the surviving shi (lyric poems) of the Tang, inaugurating the first of the great literary projects for which the Manchu dynasty became famous. The emperor also appointed nine scholars of the Hanlin Academy to oversee the collation of the texts. The team compared texts from various libraries as well as checking into private collections. Cao trained calligraphers in a common style of writing before carving the wood blocks for printing. The work was finished in the remarkably short time, though Cao felt called upon to apologize to the emperor for the delay. More than one hundred craftsmen worked on the printing, for which paper was specially procured. Although Cao's name was the first to be listed in the book itself, in the catalog to the Four Collections of Imperial Treasures, the Complete Tang Poems are listed as an "Imperial Compilation" (yuding) that is, of the emperor. 
The collection of nearly 50,000 poems by over 2,200 authors was divided into 900 juan ("chapters" or "volumes").