Wang Wei (17th-century poet)
Jiangdu District, Yangzhou, Ming China
|Died||1647 (aged 49–50)
|Pen name||Caoyi daoren 草衣道人 (Taoist in the straw coat)|
At age seven, Wang was orphaned and she became a courtesan in Yangzhou. In later life she was twice married and twice widowed, before becoming a priestess with the name "Taoist Master in the Straw coat". Thereafter she travelled throughout central China on a boat writing poems celebrating nature. She travelled to West Lake in Hangzhou, a hotspot for literati at the time. She later travelled to Japan for monetary endeavors and ended up in a brothel again because of finances.
Wang was a writer and anthologist of travelogues. Tina Lu has argued that nature was only the secondary topic of her work, with the primary focus being a, 'landscape of nostalgia,' that Wang used to express her identity as a traveller.
- Lei Jin 雷瑾, ed. (1916). "王微" [Wang Wei]. 青樓詩話﹕二卷(雷瑨輯) [Poetry from the pleasure quarters: 2 volumes (edited by Lei Jin)] (in Chinese). Saoyeshan fang yinben 掃葉山房石印本.
- Lu, Tina (2011). "The literary culture of the late Ming (1573–1644)". In Kang-i Sun Chang; Stephen Owen. The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature. Volume 2: From 1375. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 63–151. ISBN 9781139095426. doi:10.1017/CHOL9780521855594.
- Xu Naichang 徐乃昌, ed. (1909). "王微" [Wang Wei]. 閨秀詞鈔﹕十六卷(清徐乃昌輯) [Lyrics of well-bred young ladies: 16 volumes (edited by Xu Naichang in the Qing Dynasty)] (in Chinese). Xiao tanle shi keben 小檀欒室刻本. pp. 6.12a.
- Zhong Xing 鍾惺, ed. (1621–1644). "王微" [Wang Wei]. 名媛詩歸﹕三十六卷(鍾惺點次) [Collection of poems by ladies of note: 36 volumes (compiled by Zhong Xing)] (in Chinese).
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