The Four Paragons of the Early Tang (Chinese: 初唐四傑; pinyin: Chū Táng Sì Jié) is a group name for four Chinese poets of the early Tang dynasty: Luo Binwang, Lu Zhaolin, Wang Bo, and Yang Jiong.[1]

Four Paragons of the Early Tang

According to a Tang biography of Yang Dong, the four people enjoyed same popularity and fame in China. They thrived in the time of Emperor Gaozong.

The Four Eminences abolished the Gongti Style which had been used since the Southern Qi and Liang dynasty. The Wǔyán Lǜshī (Chinese: 五言律詩) passed through a critical phase of development under the four people's influence.

The rank of the Four Eminences has been the spotlight of discussion. Yang Jiong expressed his unwillingness to be put behind Wang Bo and in front of Lu Zhaolin.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Chang, Kang-i Sun; Owen, Stephen (2010). The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature. Cambridge University Press. p. 299. ISBN 978-0-521-85558-7.
  2. ^ 《舊唐書·楊炯詩; 旧唐书·杨炯诗》