|This paper argues that the image of the poet Du Jun (1611– 1687) as a Ming loyalist was an outgrowth of constructiveness. Du Jun’s image evolved with time; Du himself, his contemporaries, and later writers all took part in shaping it. For Du Jun’s contemporaries, Du was a man of integrity and tenacity, a conspicuous example of hermit-spiritedness. In later ages, Du Jun eventually became a symbol of Ming loyalism for his refusing to serve the Qing after the demise of the Ming. This paper conducts close readings of a 1650 poem by Gong Dingzi and matching ones to his by a group of fellow poets. These poems wrote about Du Jun and betrayed the poets’ identification with Du. This paper suggests that a cluster of images of Du Jun from these poems became a site for imagination and contemplation for later writers, and that Du emerged from these images as a Ming loyalist. The gradual perfection of Du Jun as a Ming loyalist reflected the continuous efforts of the Hu-Guang intellectuals in fostering a local cultural, historical and political subjectivity.