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He Zhizhang

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1470645974664070122.jpgHe Zhizhang (659-744), courtesy name Jizhen, was a native of Kuaiji in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). He claimed himself to be "Si Ming Kuang Ke" ("An Unrestrained Man in Si Ming Mountain"). Since his boyhood, He Zhizhang had been well-known for his talented writing. He was also good at calligraphy, and especially skillful with cursive script and clerical script. He Zhizhang was straightforward, open-minded and talkative. 

In the first year of Wu Zetian's Zhengsheng Period (695), He Zhizhang received the title of Jinshi or "presented scholar" before being appointed to official positions such as Tai Chang Bo Shi (an official who is in charge of worshipping ceremonies), Tai Zi Bin Ke (an official who is attending to the prince), Jian Jiao Gong Bu Shi Lang (an assistant minister for the Ministry of Works in feudal China) and Mi Shu Jin (the curator of the Imperial Library). 

He Zhizhang once composed Long Rui Gong ("A Book about the Auspicious Palace") and Kuaiji Dong Ji ("A Book about the Kuaiji Cave”). He was also recommended to the Academy of Li Zheng Palace to compile Liu Dian ("Six Ancient Books"). His poetry is refreshing and popular, among which Hui Xiang Ou Shu ("Returning Home as An Unrecognized Old Man") and Yong Liu (“On the Willow"), are masterpieces which have been passed down from generation to generation.