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Wang Wei was a Chinese poet who lived in the eighth century (701–761 C.E.) during the Tang dynasty. Wei, along with his contemporaries Li Po and Tu Fu, is considered one of the greatest poets in China’s literary history. A painter as well as a poet, in both his artwork and verse, Wei was known for his interest in and attention to landscapes. His poems are known for their conciseness and imagistic clarity that focus on the slightest details in nature.