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date: 27 November 2021

p. 252. Poetry and poetics: landscapes, allusions, and alcohollocked

p. 252. Poetry and poetics: landscapes, allusions, and alcohollocked

  • Sabina Knight


‘Poetry and poetics: landscapes, allusions, and alcohol’ examines Chinese poetry. Poetry was seen as a manifestation of nature's patterns, which appeals to energies beyond the rational mind. Lyrical responses to man's transient nature fostered a carpe diem outlook. In the South a more mystical tradition prevailed. Poetry's elegance and familiar forms gave solace in a world of upheaval. Rhapsodies gave detailed expositions in verse form. Folk ballads were more expressive and developed into ci (lyrics). Poetry by political critics balanced the material aspects of society with life's simple pleasures. Buddhist poetry was concerned with attaining enlightenment. World-weary accounts of war were counterpointed by poems with an attitude of heroic abandon.

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