Cai Wenji: Immortalizing Ancient China's Social Chaos

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"There were about 4,000 books in my father's personal library but few of them have survived. But I remember the complete contents of about 400 books," answered Cai.

Surprised and delighted at Cai's response, Cao asked her to write them down. When they checked later, the contents of the books Cai had written were exactly the same as the originals.

Apart from the 18 poems about her release, Cai created another two long poems about her own experiences of the country's chaos at the time, creating a new genre of ancient Chinese poetry.

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Cai Wenji: Immortalizing Ancient China's Social Chaos
"There were about 4,000 books in my father's personal library but few of them have survived. But I remember the complete contents of about 400 books," answered Cai.

Surprised and delighted at Cai's response, Cao asked her to write them down. When they checked later, the contents of the books Cai had written were exactly the same as the originals.

Apart from the 18 poems about her release, Cai created another two long poems about her own experiences of the country's chaos at the time, creating a new genre of ancient Chinese poetry.
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