The Textual Relationship of Modern Inscribed Poetry The Textual Relationship between Modern Inscribed Poetry on Paintings and Classical Chinese Ink Painting in Dominic Cheung's Clovers—Selected Poems
Keywords:現代詩, 中國古典水墨畫, 題畫詩, 詩畫互文, 身體空間, modern poetry, Chinese classical ink painting, poems inscribed on paintings, poetry/painting intertextuality, space of the body
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
Inscribing poetry on paintings is a tradition in classical Chinese poetic history, but it has been under-developed in the field of modern poetry. Classical Chinese painting, which involves a process of translation of language into the symbolic system, is viewed by modern poets as modern poetry. Notably, Chinese painting itself is a representation system；this therefore has given rise to an important issue concerning how modern poets enter and exit the images as a dialectic discourse. As a scholar, Dominic Cheung authored a monograph, Authenticating Art by Styles; as a poet, he created the poems and the painting in Clovers-Selected Poems. These two works are deeply intertwined and arouse the awareness of two questions: 1) how does the “experience” of the beauty and aesthetics of classical landscape painting take place in modern contexts? 2) how can it be embodied through modern poetic language？
Through the two discourses on “Viewing in Tours: Dynamic Viewing” and “Work of Nature and Work of Painting: Generating Consciousness,” this paper examines the phenomenon of the intertextuality between modern poetry and classical Chinese painting. It can be seen that in the process of inscribing a poem on the painting, the layout and the composition of the landscape in the painting establish an interaction between the subject and nature, which breaks the limits of the static state of painting itself and releases the potential agency within the painting through poetic language. On the other hand, the integration of traditional Chinese ink painting techniques in representing the landscape and character shall enable the text to feature a function of aesthetic valuation and to further enhance the aesthetic appeal of the painting and the poem.
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