Other Literary Forms

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

A scholar and an official who served, somewhat reluctantly, in the Mongol government of China for about a decade, Gao Ming (Wade Giles, Kao Ming) retired to devote himself to writing. Although he is known principally as a playwright, Gao was also a specialist in the Chunqiu (Spring and Autumn Annals, 1872), the first Chinese chronological history, and a poet who wrote in both the ci and the shi forms, the former being particularly prized. Some of his poems and miscellaneous writings have been preserved in various anthologies. Although only one of his ci is extant, some fifty of his poems in the shi form survive.