Meng Haoran

690 - 740

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Meng Haoran (Chinese: 孟浩然; Wade–Giles: Meng Hao-jan; 689/691–740) was a Chinese poet and a major literary figure of the Tang dynasty. He was somewhat an older contemporary of Wang Wei, Li Bai and Du Fu. Despite his brief pursuit of an official career, Meng Haoran spent most of his life in and around his hometown Xiangyang of the Hubei Province living like a hermit, while creating poems inspired by its landscapes and milieu. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Meng Haoran has received more than 87,076 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Meng Haoran is the 1,185th most popular writer (down from 1,115th in 2019), the 335th most popular biography from China (down from 305th in 2019) and the 25th most popular Chinese Writer.

Meng Hao-Ran was a Chinese writer and scholar who advocated for the use of vernacular language as opposed to classical Chinese.

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  • 26

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  • 2.60

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Notable Works

Meng Haoran shi ji
Translations into English, Criticism and interpretation, Meng, Haoran,
Meng Hao-jan chi
Selected 300 Poems of Chinese Tang Dynasty
Meng Haoran ji
Meng Haoran shi
Criticism and interpretation

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Over the past year Meng Haoran has had the most page views in the with 43,426 views, followed by Japanese (31,651), and English (11,716). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Min Dong (160.73%), Cantonese (140.90%), and Min Nan (101.78%)


Among writers, Meng Haoran ranks 1,185 out of 7,302Before him are Arne Garborg, John Jacob Astor IV, Ephraim Kishon, Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus, Jacint Verdaguer, and Namdev. After him are Samuel Butler, Sophia Tolstaya, Laura Marx, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Marcus Manilius, and Emmanuelle Arsan.

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Among people born in 690, Meng Haoran ranks 2Before him is Liutprand, King of the Lombards. After him are Muhammad al-Nafs al-Zakiyya, Rotrude of Hesbaye, and Hugbert of Bavaria. Among people deceased in 740, Meng Haoran ranks 3Before him are Zayd ibn Ali, and Andrew of Crete. After him are Wu Daozi, and Æthelheard of Wessex.

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In China

Among people born in China, Meng Haoran ranks 335 out of 1,610Before him are Emperor Ai of Han (-27), Huiyuan (334), Huang Chao (801), Emperor An of Han (94), Zhu Wen (852), and Empress Dowager Ci'an (1837). After him are Yelü Chucai (1189), Wei Zhongxian (1568), Yu Jin (200), Qian Xuesen (1911), Meng Huo (101), and Duan Qirui (1865).

Among WRITERS In China

Among writers born in China, Meng Haoran ranks 25Before him are Zhang Sanfeng (1200), Ouyang Xiu (1007), Cai Yan (177), Pu Songling (1640), Shi Nai'an (1296), and Lao She (1899). After him are Lu Yu (733), Bei Dao (1949), Lin Yutang (1895), Yan Fu (1854), Sima Xiangru (-179), and Liang Qichao (1873).