abstract:su dongpo, together with his students including huang tingjian, promoted the development of the song dynasty’s poets to a new stage, and eventually formed the best song poets, whose unique stylistics and writing technique were in fact as good as that of the tang dynasty’s poets. this fact resulted in serial arguments by later scholars on whether tang or song poets were better, on whether su dongpo or huang tingjian’s poets are better, etc.
this paper has re-examined all relevant views appeared after the song dynasty; based on the examination, the time of when su dongpo and huang tingjian’s names began to be called together is determined. the paper has also analyzed each of the four types of views on the superior between su or huang’s poets. a conclusion is drawn that this argument by its nature was resulted from different understandings of poets’ development routes.
keywords: the song dynasty’s poets; su dong po and huang tingjian, whether su’s or huang’s poets are better