||Su Shih (1036-1101), was a native of Mei-shan, Szechwan province.
His style name was Tzu-chan and his sobriquet was Tung-p'o. He is counted as one of the Eight
Great Masters of T'ang and Sung prose and as one of the Four Great Masters of Sung calligraphy,
and is considered the typical literati of the Sung dynasty. This manuscript is a poem composed
by him during his banishment to Huang-chou after having been defeated at a political dispute.
The work is his masterwork indicating his repleted vigor in his refined touches and embodying
his undaunted spirit. The colophon by Huang T'ing-chien competes for excellence in calligraphy.
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