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Life At The Centre Of Things

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Li Meng-yang's case was not finally resolved until the early summer of 1514. In the meanwhile, another of Ho Ching-ming's friends, T'ien Ju-tzu, was assigned to Kiangsi. Sometime after the assignment became known, Ho presented him with a poem about a painting in his collection. In view of the close association between poetry and painting in later times, it is striking that virtually the earliest extant poems written about paintings are the set of twenty-five "Songs of Painted Screens" by the late Six Dynasties poet Yü Hsin. As the commotion resulting from the palace fire was beginning to die down, the triennial chin-shih examinations were held. Ho wrote one poem at a gathering in Chang Chi-meng's office while the final stage of the examinations was in progress. Among those who passed were a number of men who would become good friends of Ho's in the years to come.

Keywords: chin-shih examinations; Ho Ching-ming; Li Meng-yang; paintings Yü Hsin; T'ien Ju-tzu



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