Zhong Rong

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Zhong Rong (鍾嶸) (approximately 468 A.D. - 518 A.D.) was a leading scholar in Chinese traditional poetics, who lived in Northern and Southern Dynasties (420 A.D.-589 A.D.) His representative writing was "Shi Ping" (《詩評》, Review of Poetry) which was renamed as《詩品》("Shi Pin", Tastes of poetry) in Northern Song Dynasty. This thin book is the first one that we have found so far which aims to mark or taste Chinese poets and their poetry. Its introduction or preface presents a profound poetic theory. In the beginning, it tried to define what is poetry and connected it with Daoist's main concept "Qi"(“气”).

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