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Ai Qing Biography | Poet

Ai Qing Biography. Read biographical information including facts, poetic works, awards, and the life story and history of Ai Qing. This short biogrpahy feature on Ai Qing will help you learn about one of the best famous poet poets of all-time.

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He was born in Zhejiang province in eastern China. From 1929-32 he studied in France, learning about topics like the art of Renoir and Van Gogh, the poetry of Mayakovsky and Verhaeren and the philosophy of Kant and Hegel.

After returning to Shanghai, China, he was imprisoned for opposing the Kuomintang. He was released in 1935, and moved from city to city around the country which was involved in an escalating war with Japan. After 1958 he was suspected of "rightism" and exiled to farms in Manchuria and then Xinjiang by the Communist authorities. He was not allowed to publish his works until 1978.

He made a second journey to France in 1980, and in 1985 French president François Mitterrand awarded him the title of "Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters".