The Poetic and Aesthetic Thought of Li Kangcheng in His Sequel to the Jade Terrace
Keywords:李康成, 《玉臺後集》, 《玉臺新詠》, 玉臺體, 玉臺詩史, 玉臺美學, Li Kangcheng, Yutai houji, Yutai xinyong, Yutai ti (Yutai style), the history of Yutai poetry, the Yutai aesthetics
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
In Chinese literary tradition, an anthology is always a powerful means to express literary thought and to initiate or continue an attitude towards literary composition and criticism. This is especially the case in the Tang, as poetry anthologies compiled by Tang critics reveal the poetic thought of Tang poets and anthologists. This paper proposes to study a Tang poetry anthology, the Yutai houji (Sequel to the Jade Terrace), with a focus on ideas about the significance and the value of poetry revealed therein.
Yutai houji is the first sequel to the sixth-century anthology Yutai xinyong (New Songs from the Jade Terrace). Very little has hitherto been done to this anthology mainly because of its fragmentary status. Despite the dearth of relevant information, the present essay aims to study the attitude of this anthology. The discussion will focus on two aspects. The first is about the history of Tang poetry in the Yutai style (so called Yutai poems); the second is about the Yutai aesthetics. This study is expected to shed some light on the role and significance of Yutai houji in traditional Chinese literary criticism, a topic that has long remained unheeded and understudied.
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