Han Yu and Meng Jiao’s Memory of Bianzhou: Critical Commentaries on the Chapter on “Fine Verses Written at a Gathering in the Past” in Linked Verses of South of the City-walls
Keywords:《城南聯句》, 韓愈, 孟郊, 陸長源, 汴州, Linked Verses of South of the City-walls, Han Yu, Meng Jiao, Lu Zhaoyuan, Bianzhou
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
Through a comparative analysis of traditional commentaries, this essay presents a new view on the main theme of the chapter “Fine Verses Written at a Gathering in the Past” in Linked Verses of South of the City-walls. The content of this chapter is nota product of “mechanical crafts from pure imagination.” Rather, through the remembrances of the association and poetry exchange between Han Yu (768-824) and Meng Jiao (751-815), and those between Meng Jiao and Lu Zhangyuan (d. 799), the verses express sighs on the impermanence of the human world as well as Han and Meng’s poetic discourses on grievances over separation when they were both in Bianzhou during the Zhenyuan reign-period (785-805). The memory of Bianzhou in “Fine Verses Written at a Gathering in the Past” corresponds with the relegation to Yangshan mentioned in the last stanza of the Linked Verses of South of the City-walls. They both reflect the poets’ attitudes towards life. The discussion in this essay outlines Han and Meng’s contribution to the reform of linked verse.
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