Wang Wei (17th-century poet)

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Wang Wei (Chinese 王微) (1597-1647) was a Chinese poet.

Orphaned at the age of seven, she became a prostitute in Yangzhou. In later life she was twice married and twice widowed, before becoming a priestess with the name "Taoist Master in the Straw coat". Thereafter she traveled throughout central China on a boat, writing poems celebrating nature. She later traveled to Japan for monetary endeavors and ended up in a brothel again because of finances.