Wang Wei (17th century poet)

Wang Wei (17th century poet)

Wang Wei (Chinese 王微) (1597-1647) was a Chinese woman poet.

Orphaned at the age of seven, she became a courtesan in Yangzhou. In later life she was twice married and twice widowed, before becoming a priestess with the name "Taoist Master in the Straw coat". Thereafter she travelled throughout central China on a boat, writing poems celebrating nature. She later traveled to Japan for monetary endeavors and ended up in a brothel because of finances.


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