Zhang Ji (poet from Hubei)

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This article is about Zhang Ji the Tang Dynasty poet from Hubei. For Zhang Ji the Tang Dynasty poet from Jiangnan), see Zhang Ji (poet from Jiangnan).
Statue of poet Zhang Ji at the Maple Bridge, Suzhou

Zhang Ji (traditional Chinese: 張繼; simplified Chinese: 张继; pinyin: Zhāng Jì; Wade–Giles : Chang Chi, also transliterated Chang Tsi, fl. 8th century), courtesy name Yisun (懿孙), was a Chinese poet born in Xiangyang, Hubei during the Tang Dynasty.

Little is known of his life; his approximate dates are 712-715 to 779; he is known to have passed the jinshi examination in 753. He rose to be a secretary in the Board of Revenue.[1]

He is incorrectly credited under the name Chang Tsi as the author of the original Chinese text for the second movement of Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler.[2][3] The actual author of the poem used by Mahler was Qian Qi.[4]

Poetry[edit]

Zhang is correctly credited with one poem which was included in the classic anthology Three Hundred Tang Poems, which was translated by Witter Bynner as A NIGHT-MOORING NEAR MAPLE BRIDGE, which references the famous Maple Bridge, in Suzhou, near the Hanshan Temple and its bells.

Japanese poets used some of his poems for Japanese typical Shigin singing-style poetry.

He should not be confused with Zhang Ji (poet from Jiangnan) (Chinese: 張籍), who lived until about 830.

See also[edit]

  • Hanshan Temple (includes the Maple Bridge poem and related pictures)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Herbert A. Giles. "Chang Chi." A Chinese Biographical Dictionary. 1898.
  2. ^ Freed, Richard (2003-11-20). "About the Composition: Das Lied von der Erde". John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  3. ^ "Teng-Leong Chew: The Identity of the Chinese Poem Mahler adapted for "Von der Jugend"". Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  4. ^ Quantangshi, 卷236_23 《效古秋夜長》 錢起

References[edit]


This article incorporates information from this version of the equivalent article on the Chinese Wikipedia.

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