Collected Works of Wang Yu'ai


This collection consists of works by Wang Huai, a native of Xiuning, Anhui Province, a poet and calligrapher, whose style name was Yu’ai. The work has eight juan in six volumes and was printed during the Wanli reign (1573–1620) of the Ming dynasty. The eight juan contain Wang Huai’s verse in various formats, including poems in folk song style, poems in five-character or seven-character lines, pentasyllabic and heptasyllabic verse or quatrains, and long regulated verse. His poems followed the style of the so-called former and later seven poets of the Ming, who advocated a renaissance of ancient poetry. The work has five prefaces, some dated, written by five scholars: Chen Lü; Wang Shizhen (1526–90), dated 1579; Wang Daokun, dated 1586; Wu Ziyu, dated 1580; and Liu Feng. The title page also provides the name of the printer, Huang Lin, a famed woodcarver of Anhui known for his exquisite artistry.

Last updated: May 3, 2013