Ài Qīng 1910-1996

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Ai Qing, the pen name of Jiang Haicheng, 1910–96. After studying painting in France (1929–32), he returned to China where he wrote modernist poetry in flamboyant free verse that showed the influence of the Soviet poet Mayakovsky. Active in Communist literary circles in the 1940s and 50s. From 1958 to 1975 he was exiled to a Xinjiang gulag. After his release he returned to writing poetry with the same fervent vigor of his earlier work. He is widely regarded as one of modern China’s finest poets.
See translations by E. Eoyang (1982).

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