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Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei By Ryan Chapin, Kristen Kirchhoff, Kaitlyn Herman, and Jungjik Park
Background Information on the Infamous Wang Wei: • 8th century Tang dynasty poet, painter, and government official • Born in 699 in P'u-chou (the present Fen- yang county in Shansi Province) • In 719, was awarded the highest degree in the examination system, the chin-shih and became Assistant Secretary for Music • By the time of his death in 759, he directed the administration of 12 departments in the ministries of war, justice, and works • After the death of his wife and mother, he withdrew from public society to the solace of his country home at Lan-t'ien along the Wang River. There he often wrote and painted.