Known for her unconventional use of personal pronouns and raw emotion to craft her biographical poetry, Cai Yan influenced future writers, especially men who sought to endow writing with "feminine grace."
3 known poems, 2 in the Hou Han shu biography and the Eighteen Songs of a Nomad Flute
Editions and Translations
Kang-i Sun Chang and Haun Saussy. Women Writers of Traditional China. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999.