For the moment, we are simply listing here the known poets and the principle sources of information which we have about
their magical miniature landscape connections.
Du Fu [Tu Fu] (701-761)
[Wu, Yee-Sun Man Lung Artistic Pot Plants (Hong Kong:
Wing-Lung Bank Ltd.; Enlarged second edition, June 1974), pg. 62; A container of a square foot is mentioned in Liang, Amy The Living Art
of Bonsai (New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.; 1992), pg. 100; Mowry, Robert D. World Within Worlds, The Richard Rosenblum Collection of Chinese
Scholars' Rocks (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Art Museums; 1997), pg. 207, note 9],
Han Yu (768-824)
[Hu, Yunhua Penjing, The Chinese Art of Miniature Gardens (Portland, OR: Timber Press; ©1982 China Pictorial), pg. 20]
Pee Yat-yau (Fei Yat-you)
[Wu, 2nd, pg. 62], and
Bai Zu Yi [Bai Juyi or Po Chü-i, 772-846)
[Hu, Yunhua Chinese Penjing, Miniature Trees and Landscapes
(Portland, OR: Timber Press; ©1987 Wan Li Books Co., Ltd., Hong Kong), pg. 130; Zhao Qingquan Penjing: The Chinese Art of Bonsai, pg. 33]
Li Deyu (787-850)
[Zhao Qingquan Penjing: The Chinese Art of Bonsai, pg. 33]
960 to 1644
including Su Xun [Su Hsün] (Laochuan [Lao-ch'üan],
[Stein, Rolf A. The World in Miniature: Container Gardens and Dwellings in Far Eastern Religious Thought
(Standford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1990), pg. 284, which says that the essay is both in Su's Su Laochuan chuanji
[Su Lao-ch'üan ch'üan-chi] and Jiayu ji [Chia-yu chi]; Wu, 2nd, pp. 62, 298, which has the name as "So Suen"],
Su Shi (Su Dongpo [Su Tung-p'o], 1037-1011)
[Stein, pp. 74-76, note 75 on pg. 283, and note 146 on pg. 296;
Hu, pg. 130 ("Poem About Two Stones" and extra lines), and also includes a rendering of the middle of the Jiu-hua poem; Liang, pg. 102, has
alternative readings of some of these lines; Mowry, pp. 212-213],
Lu Yu (Feng-wang, Wu-kuan, 1125-1210)
[poem in Hu, pg. 130; alternative version in Liang, pp. 102-103], and
Ding Henian [Ting Ho-nien] (1335-1424)
[Stein, pp. 24-26, notes pp. 279-280, 287; an alternative version of this poem
is in Hu, pg. 130; Liang, pg. 103; Hay, John Kernels of Energy, Bones of Earth: The Rock in Chinese Art (New York: China House Gallery;
©1985 China Institute of America), pg. 75].
1644 to 1911
including Tengan Eko (1273-1335)
[Nippon Bonsai Association Classic Bonsai of Japan (Tokyo and New York:
Kodansha International, 1989), pg. 145],
Kokan Shiren (1276-1346)
[Yi, O-nyoung Smaller Is Better, Japan's Mastery of the Miniature
(Chijimi shikoo no Nihonjin) (Tokyo: Kodansha International, Ltd., 1982. First English edition 1984), pg. 89],
Muso Soseki (Muso Kokushi, 1275-1351)
[Classic, pp. 144-145],
Ryushu Shutaku (1309-1388)
[Classic, pg. 145].
1600 to 1869
including Gekkei Shocho (fl. 1602)
[Stein, pp. 95-96, 306; Classic, pp. 142-143].
1869 to 1912
Goryeo [Koryo] Dynasty (918 to 1392)
For more contemporary examples in verse, please see selections in In Other Words.
See also pre1800 Books for some essay references.