Wang Jian (poet)

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wang.

Wang Jian (Chinese: 王建; pinyin: Wáng Jiàn; Wade–Giles: Wang Chien, 767–830?[1]) was a Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty. One of his poems has been included in the popularly famous anthology Three Hundred Tang Poems.


Wang Jian had one poem collected in Three Hundred Tang Poems, which was translated by Witter Bynner as "A Bride". He was also known to write in the rare six-syllable line, which is characterized by the presence of two caesuras per line, dividing each line into three parts of two syllables each.[2]


  1. ^ Watson, 119
  2. ^ Frankel, 153


  • Watson, Burton (1971). CHINESE LYRICISM: Shih Poetry from the Second to the Twelfth Century. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-03464-4
  • Frankel, Hans H. (1978). The Flowering Plum and the Palace Lady. (New Haven and London: Yale University Press) ISBN 0-300-02242-5