Zhu is set apart from other female poets by her refusal to write in "feminine ways." As a daughter of a schoolmaster and well educated wife of a man in the same profession, her boredom with the confines of her gender led her to write with "the tone and manner of the ancients, without any of that rouge and powder tone of delicate prettiness."
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Editions and Translations
Kang-i Sun Chang and Haun Saussy. Women Writers of Traditional China. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999.