Chou, Shan. “Beginning with Images in the Nature Poetry of Wang Wei.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 42 (June, 1982): 117-137. Chou proposes that the solution to the problem of meaning in Wang’s nature poetry is to be found in understanding the Buddhist influence.
Owen, Stephen. “Wang Wei: The Artifice of Simplicity.” In The Great Age of Chinese Poetry: The High T’ang. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1981. Owen supplies an excellent short overview of Wang as poetic technician and relates the poet’s work to his life and historical context.
Wagner, Marsha L. Wang Wei. Boston: Twayne, 1982. Part of the Twayne World Authors series, this scholarly, well-written account of Wang’s life provides a balanced, perceptive appraisal of his contributions as poet, painter, and government official. Includes fine translations.
Wang Wei. Laughing Lost in the Mountains: Poems of Wang Wei. Translated by Tony Barnstone, Willis Barnstone, and Xu Haixin. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 1991. Excellent translation of 171 poems. The critical introduction, “The Ecstasy of Stillness,” by the Barnstones provides insights into these poems.
_______. The Poetry of Wang Wei: New Translations and Commentary. Translated by Pauline Yu. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1980. This study provides excellent, scholarly translations and notes as well as knowing critical appraisals of Wang’s poems.
_______. The Selected Poems of Wang Wei. Translated by David Hinton. New York: New Directions, 2006. A translation of Wang’s poems, with an introduction providing critical analysis and a biography.
Wang Wei, Li Bo, and Du Fu. Three Chinese Poets: Translations of Poems by Wang Wei, Li Bai, and Du Fu. Translated by Vikram Seth. Boston: Faber and Faber, 1992. A collection of poems by Wang, Du Fu, and Li Bo. Commentary by translator Seth provides useful information.
Weinberger, Eliot. Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei. Mount Kisco, N.Y.: Moyer Bell, 1987. This short book offers insights into the art of translating Chinese poems. Includes commentary by both Weinberger and writer Octavio Paz.
Yang, Jingqing. The Chan Interpretations of Wang Wei’s Poetry: A Critical Review. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2007. Looks at Chan (Zen) Buddhism and how it relates to Wang’s poetry.
Young, David, trans. Five T’ang Poets: Wang Wei, Li Po, Tu Fu, Li Ho, Li Shang-yin. Oberlin, Ohio: Oberlin College Press, 1990. Provides an opportunity for appreciating Wang along with contemporary poets during the Tang Dynasty.