Wang Wei By

Accomplished painter and poet
Beautiful landscaped paintings
Early Teens he was writing mature poetry
As a young adult he served as various government
• In the mountains he became a dedicated Buddhist
• Converting to Buddhism had a tremendous impact on
his poetry life
• His poems produced calmness and restraint
characteristics of Buddhism
• Filled his poems with Buddhist images like: moonlight, gently
flowing water, quiet forests, serene bamboo groves, and many
• Became the master of four-line “new style”
• He had a profound influence on other poets in his day
• Wang was also considered the leader of poetic school which
included Meng hao-jan and Chu kuang his
• Members of his school were inspired by deceptively simple
language, descriptions, and meditatve tone which all had same
• Wei was established as one of the greatest poets in Chinese
• While living in the mountains Wang Wei studied Buddhist
scriptures which had a tremendous impact on his later poetry.
• In his later poetry he talks about quietude and having no
• Wang Wei’s poetry because visual for aspects of Buddhist life.
• Picturing moonlight and flowing water became apart of his
• He was the master of shih poetry, and a major influence to
other poets of his day.
• Wang Wei was described as one of the greatest poets in the
history of Chinese Literature.
In the evening years given to quietude, The world’s worries no
concern of mine, For my own needs making no other plan
Than to unlearn, return to long-loved woods:
I loose my robe before the breeze from pines, my lute celebrates
moonlight on mountain pass. You ask what laws rule “failure” or
“success”- Songs of fisherman float to the still shore.
How clear are the mountains after the new rain!
The dusk of the autumn evening is pouring in,
As moonbeams filter through the pine trees.
Cool spring-water flows over white stones.
A lone washing-girl returns homeward by the bamboo grove.
The boatman sails his barge through the lotus patch.
Although Spring is long gone
Why can’t I linger over this pleasant view?
• Similes: “As moonbeams filter through the pine trees.” (On an
Autumn Evening in the Mountains, line 3)
• Symbols: The moon and the lotus flower.
• 1.) What kind of paintings did Wang Wei paint?
a.) Religious Paintings
c.) Landscape paintings
b.) Animal paintings
d.) Culture paintings
2.) What religion did he covert to?
a.) Confucianism
c.) Hinduism
b.) Christianity
d.) Buddhism
3.) In his later poetry, what does he talk about?
a.) Quietude and having no worries
b.) Rivers and mountains
c.) The moon and the sun
d.) Flowing water
• 4.) What had a tremendous impact on his poetry?
a.) Emperor’s
b.) Living in the mountains
c.) Buddhist cultures
d.) Shih poetry
5.) What was one of the symbols?
a.) The sun
b.) The lotus flower
c.) The moon
d.) Both b & c

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