According to Herbert Giles, he was renowned as a scholar and poet, and he "was patronised by the great Han Yu, whom he even ventured to take to task for his fondness for dice. The latter in 815 recommended him for employment, and he rose to be a Tutor in the Imperial Academy. But it is by his poems that he is known; among which may be mentioned the exquisite lines under the title of 節婦吟. He was also a vigorous opponent of Buddhism and Taoism, both of which he held in much contempt. In one account, he was 80 years of age when he died."
He died around 830.
American scholar Jonathan Chaves has published the first book in any Western language on Zhang Ji, Cloud Gate Song, using rhymed translations which track the rhyme schemes of the original texts. 300 of Zhang's poems are included.
- Works by Zhang Ji at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
- Books of the Quan Tangshi that include collected poems of Zhang Ji at the Chinese Text Project: