Hsieh Ling-Yün

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Hsieh Ling-Yün

 

(also known as Hsieh K’ang-yüeh). Born 385; died 433 in Canton. Chinese poet. Executed as a member of the opposition to the ruling dynasty.

Hsieh Ling-yün was the originator of Chinese lyric landscape poetry. He was influenced by Taoism, with its doctrine of primitive naturalness. His depictions of nature reflect a profound philosophical perception of the world and penetrating insight into the nature of things. His poetry is often pessimistic, with the grandeur of nature merely serving to emphasize the transience of human life. His style is refined and intended for an informed reader. Only a small portion of his work has survived. Hsieh Ling-yün contributed to the compilation of the Southern Chinese version of the Buddhist Nirvana Sutra; he began writing History of the Chin Dynasty.

WORKS

Hsieh K’ang-yüeh shih chu. Peking, 1958.
Hsieh Ling-yün shih-hsüan. Shanghai, 1957.

REFERENCES

Frondsham, J. D. Murmuring Stream: The Life and Works of the Chinese Nature Poet Hsieh Lingjün (385–433), vols. 1–2. Kuala Lumpur, 1967.
Obi Koichi. Chugoku bungaku ni awareta shizen to shizenkan. Tokyo, 1967.
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Among his topics are Wang Yi on integrity and loyalty, Ruan Ji on apocalypse, and Xie Lingyun on awakening.
41) The creative use of verbs in the Lanting collection, in fact, presages what later readers admired in the landscape poems of Xie Lingyun (often credited as the founding master of this genre).
441-513) postscript to the-Biography of Xie Lingyun," Song shu 67.
See, for example, the following lines by Xie Lingyun from his famous "Climbing Yongjia's Green Crag Mountain" [?
I turn now to one more poem, this one by the poet Xie Lingyun [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (385-433):
Like Tao Qian before him, Xie Lingyun begins his poem by describing a leisurely scene, one that is conducive to study and contemplation.
When Xie Lingyun represents the act of reading, it is marked as a visual act, though it can hardly be said to be silent reading: "In my mind's thoughts, I gaze upon past and present, / Even when resting and eating.
Xie Hulian [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (407-33), a notable author in his own right, was a younger cousin and close friend of the great poet Xie Lingyun [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (385-433).
Xie Lingyun wrote a poem in response, presumably in the same year:
All three poems treat the same theme of friendship, and Xie Lingyun even borrows one allusion from Lu Ji, that of Bole [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] the horse-trainer.
Our customary literary historical landscape is dotted by extraordinary figures standing in isolation: the Cao family, the Seven Masters of the Jian' an, the Seven Worthies of the Bamboo Grove, the Lu brothers, the three Zhangs, the two Pans, Tao Yuanming, Xie Lingyun, and so forth; in intellectual history we have Ge Hong with his massive Inner and Outer Chapters of the Master of Embracing Simplicity.
412), a Collection of Poetry (Shi ji) in fifty scrolls and The Fine Blossoms of Poetry (Shi ying) in nine scrolls compiled by Xie Lingyun (385-433), a Forest of Collections (Ji lin) in 181 scrolls compiled by Liu Yiqing (403-444), collections of dirges, encomia and inscriptions compiled by Xie Zhuang (421-466), and a Collection of Women Writers )Furen ji) by Yin Chun (379-438), the first of its kind as far as we know.