Sung K'e (1327-1387) was a native of Ch'ang-chou (Soochow). His style name was
Chung-wen and his sobriquet was Nan-kung-sheng. As a youth he yielded himself to
gallantry, but eventually led a cloistered life and became absorbed in calligraphy.
He followed the style of Jao Chieh, mastered the styles of the kingdom of Wei and
the Chin dynasty, and developed a remarkable talent for chang-ts'ao, a style of
cursive script, by studying the Chi-chiu-chang, a compilation of characters from
the Han dynasty. This work, which is a transcription of an ancient pentasyllabic
poem by Liu Chen of the kingdom of Wei, represents the temperament of the late
Yuan and early Ming phase in its vivacious brushstrokes rendered by freely using
the full length of the brush tip.
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