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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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Leaving the Capital City

Leaving the Capital City

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(p.80) Five Leaving the Capital City
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Sound and Sight
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804768597.003.0006

This chapter examines the works of the Yongming poems as they take leave of the capital city on official assignments, explains that their travel poems focused on the perception of motion, and describes how they conflate the idea of xiang or guxiang or hometown with that of jingyi or capital city in sometimes tortured ways. It also mentions that the most interesting moment of the Yongming poets is when their place of assignment begins to feel more like their hometown than the capital city they have left behind.

Keywords:   Yongming poets, travel poems, perception of motion, xiang, guxiang, jingyi

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