S-Space College of Humanities (인문대학) Center for East Asian Studies (동아문화연구소) Journal of S.N.U. Institute for Asian Studies (동아문화) 동아문화 Volume 53 (2015)
The Great Poet Tao Yuanming's Health Maintenance Habit and His Literature Creation in Ancient China
- Zhong, Shulin
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 인문대학 동아문화연구소
- 동아문화, Vol.53, pp. 131-144
- Tao Yuanming (A.D.365-427), a great poet of the Eastern Jin Dynasty (A.D.4-5) in ancient China, was well known in the world. In this paper, I have researched Tao Yuanming’s drug addiction, health maintenance and his literature creation. In fluenced by the custom of the time and his family, he fell over himself for health maintenance period. He was crazed in pursuit for eternal life, and drank chrysanthemum wine and took wonder drugs, which were not a common medicine but a poison called Wushi Powder. When he was only fifteen, Tao Yuanming started paying attention to the ways of maintaining his health and appearance. The artists of later ages draw their ideal portraits of Tao Yuanming, such as the famous painting Picture of Homeward Ho by Li Gonglin, a famous painter in Ming Dynasty, which was kept in the Taipei Palace Museum.