Yang Wanli

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Yang Wanli (or Yang Wan-Li) (楊萬里) (1127–1206) was a Chinese poet, born in Jishui, Jiangxi. He was one of the "four masters" of Southern Song Dynasty poetry.

Written during the final exile of the Song to Hangzhou, the poems celebrate the beauties and mysteries of nature, flora and fauna, much as the famed Song painters did. But they also querulously and wittily illuminate the annoyances and pleasures of everyday life.

He passed his jinshi exams in 1154 and served a number of minor official posts in the Song Dynasty.

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  • Wanli, Yang (1975), Heaven My Blanket, Earth My Pillow: Poems from Sung Dynasty China by Yang Wan-Li (White Pine Press ed.), Weatherhill second, ISBN 1-893996-29-8
  • Pine, Red (2003), Poems of the Masters: China's Classic Anthology of T'ang and Sung Dynasty Verse, Copper Canyon Press, ISBN 1-55659-195-0
  • Wanli, Yang (1988), le son de la pluie - bilingual chinese - french, Moundarren, ISBN 2-907312-00-6
  • Yang Wanli