Wen Tingyun (simplified Chinese: 温庭筠; traditional Chinese: 溫庭筠; 812–870) born Wen Qi (simplified Chinese: 温歧; traditional Chinese: 溫歧; pinyin: Wēn Qí), courtesy name Feiqing (simplified Chinese: 飞卿; traditional Chinese: 飛卿; pinyin: Fēiqīng) was an important Chinese lyricist of the late Tang Dynasty.
He was born in Qi, Shanxi province, China. Over his literary career, Wen became regarded as the first truly distinctive writer of ci, the song-verse style of poetry that dominated Chinese poetry during much of the late Tang dynasty and the Song dynasty. Most of his poems are "boudoir"-style verses that described the opulent furnishings and gardens of solitary women and their hidden desires. This style of poetry was commonly used for romantic communications between men and women in the entertainment districts of the Chinese capital Chang'an during the Tang dynasty.
Yu Xuanji was among his followers.
- Stephen Owen, An Anthology of Chinese Literature: Beginnings to 1911 (New York, London: W.W. Norton, 1996): 565.
- Owen (1996): 565.
- Works cited
- Owen, Stephen (1996), An Anthology of Chinese Literature: Beginnings to 1911, New York, London: W.W. Norton, ISBN 0393971066.
- Mou, Huaichuan 牟怀川. Rediscovering Wen Tingyun ISBN 0791459365
- Biography on Britannica
- Poetry of the era
- Works by Wen Tingyun at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
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