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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”

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(p.7) One Individual Talent and the “Worthy One”
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Sound and Sight
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804768597.003.0002

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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