Shen Yin-mo

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Shěn Yǐn-mò (沈尹默) (1883–1971) was a well-known Chinese poet and (calligrapher). He made his name in Kyoto, Japan. He was one of the first to write in the new style and he published his poems in periodicals such as La Jeunesse (Xīn Qīngnián 新青年) and Xīn Cháo (新潮, The Renaissance). Two works that made him famous were Sānxián Jí (三弦集) and Qiūmíng Jí (秋明集). He also wrote poems in the classical style. In his poems, he used rhyme and alliteration similarly to the way they had come to be used in classical poetry.

Around 1950, his poems appeared prominently in the literature supplement of the dailies Guāngmíng Rìbào (光明日报), Wén Huìbào (文汇报), and Jiěfàngrìbào (解放日报). However, no complete edition of his works was ever made.

He was also known as a calligrapher. He was director of a research institute and published historical studies on calligraphy.

Shen Yinmo (沈尹默, 1883 – June 1, 1971) was born in Wuxing, Zhejiang province. After studying in Japan he returned to China, taking part in the May Fourth Movement. Like many others (Lu Xun, Hu Shi) he published in Xin Qingnian (New Youth). He was then already a famous calligrapher (shujia) and writer (zuojia). He was professor in several universities, and later became president of Beiping University.

During the Cultural Revolution (1966–76) Shen, already in his 80s, was tortured by the young Red Guards. The Red Guards were against all non-communist forms of art and culture and declared Shen a "counter-revolutionary".

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