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Sound and SightPoetry and Courtier Culture in the Yongming Era (483-493)$
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Meow Goh

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804768597

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804768597.001.0001

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Individual Talent and the “Worthy One”

Individual Talent and the “Worthy One”

(p.7) One Individual Talent and the “Worthy One”
Sound and Sight
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the individual talent of the Yongming poets. It outlines two contexts important to their poetics: the shifting socio-political environment and the growing influence of Buddhism in Southern Dynasties courts. The chapter argues that the merging of the two contexts resulted in a hybrid concept of personal worth which was channeled increasingly into poetry, and highlights the efforts to hear with precision and clarity and to see with equal facility as well.

Keywords:   Yongming poets, poetics, socio-political environment, Buddhism, Southern Dynasties court, personal worth

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