suggests that it is better to embrace simplicity and the uncarved block (su pu).
For the third-century scholar Wang Bi [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (226-49), visual images serve as a mediator between what is intended and what is expressed verbally:
Evidently Wang Bi is under the influence of the famous analogy in Zhuangzi, according to which words are to meaning what a basket trap is to a fish or what a snare is to a rabbit: "The purpose of having a basket trap is the fish; once the fish is caught the trap is forgotten.
but write that they "have also consulted and taken advantage of" the received Wang Bi
647-63), Daoist master of the seventh century; and Wang Bi [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (226-49).
In bringing out this aspect of the text, Porter counters the notion that the emphasis on darkness is strictly a late Han interpretation that originates with the Daoist master Wang Bi.
The best exponent of this topos is Wang Bi (226-249), who, in his treatise Ming xiang (Elucidating the Emblematic Image), establishes a semiotics of language based on the triangular relationship between xiang, yi, and yan (literally, emblematic image, idea, and word), advocating the Zhuangzian doctrine of forgetting" in the process:
Judging from this discourse, Wang Bi seems to be the first scholar in China to have laid down the semiotic foundation for the poetry-painting relationship, a fact that has hitherto passed unnoticed.
10)--the presence of the more familiar yan at the end of the Wang Bi and Mawangdui versions implies that an is simply a clause-final particle.
For both the Mawangdui [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and Wang Bi versions, I rely on Gao Ming [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], Boshu Laozi jiaozhu [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (Beijing: Zhonghua, 1996), 351.
Wagner's The Craft of a Chinese Commentator: Wang Bi
on the Laozi)--and a clutch of half a dozen reviews, some quite thorough, some quitebrief.
While the essays came to be grouped under ten books or collections (Zhou Yi, Mao Shih, Zuo zhuan, Shiji, Laozi Wang Bi
zhu, Liezi Zhang Zhan zhu, Jiaoshi Yilin, Chuci Hong Xingzu buzhu, Taiping guangji, and Quan Shanggu Sandai Qin Han Sanguo Liuchao wen), such a classification masks the wealth of reference and flexibility of topic to be found in any individual item.