Poetry and emotion in classical Chinese literature

Authored by: Chen Xia

The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Studies

Print publication date:  May  2021
Online publication date:  May  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367181390
eBook ISBN: 9780429059704
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429059704-24

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Abstract

The viewpoint, that emotion constitutes the essence of classical Chinese poetry, can be traced back to the modern interpretation, in his emotional poetics by Liang Qichao (梁啟超, 1873–1929). Centering on several typical concepts, phenomena, and poems, this chapter explores the role of emotion in classical Chinese poetry by briefly reviewing the literary tradition of Feng-Sao (風騷), the literary aesthetics categories of Wind and Bone (風骨),Li-Qu (理趣) and Jing-Jie (境界), and its communication across cultures and across time.

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