Banwo Adetoro Olaniyi
Abstract: A man that was not appreciated during his life time has risen to be one of the greatest poets of Chinese History. His works echoes the uneasiness and fretfulness that overwhelmed the Chinese society at his time while living during the era of disunity of the six dynasties. His ability to put his thoughts about nature; society; sages and agriculture expresses a beautiful and vivid literary work that other poets has looked up to and admired. This work sets out to examine the life and great works of Tao Yuan-Ming (365-427) while living through a life of reclusion was able to transcend his thoughts into poetic works that stands in modern time; it also sets to analyze his profound thoughts within the era of his lifestyle to understand his linguistic conceptualizations.
Keywords: Reclusion, Drinking wine, Taos philosophy, sages