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The Seven Masters Of The Ming

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Like another Ming phenomenon, the 'sprouts of capitalism', the '[Earlier] Seven Masters of the Ming', a group comprising Li Meng-yang, Ho Ching-ming, Pien Kung, Hsü Chen-ch'ing, K'ang Hai, Wang Chiu-ssu, and Wang T'ing-hsiang, is primarily an event in the intellectual history of a later period. Nonetheless, insofar as 'every schoolboy' knows anything about Ho Ching-ming (and he is as likely as not a schoolgirl and a graduate student in Chinese literature at that), what he knows is that Ho belonged to a group called the Seven Masters, that the leader of this group was Li Meng-yang, and that its slogan was, "prose must be Ch'in or Han; poetry must be High T'ang". This appendix reviews briefly Ho's actual literary associations and the emergence in later writings of the 'Seven Masters'.

Keywords: Chinese literature; Ho Ching-ming; Hsü Chen-ch'ing; K'ang Hai; Li Meng-yang; Ming; Pien Kung; Wang Chiu-ssu; Wang T'ing-hsiang



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