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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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Seeing a Thing

Seeing a Thing

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Sound and Sight
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This chapter examines the yongwu shi, or poem on things, a poetic sub-genre popularized by the Yongming poets, discusses the view that these poems were social verses written out of expediency, and highlights the Yongming poets' awareness of the politics of their time. It also considers Cynthia L. Chennault's opinion that yongwu shi provided the courtiers with a way to present and negotiate their “personal merit” before their patrons and fellow courtiers, and discusses how the freshness of seeing had become a crucial part in that process.

Keywords:   yongwu shi, poem on things, Yongming poets, politics, Cynthia L. Chennault, personal merit

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