Adopting the Old Practice of the Jin and Song: The Starting Point of Poetic History in Su Tianjue’s Yuan wen lei
Keywords:《元文類》, 蘇天爵, 元詩, 詩歌史, 總集, Yuan wen lei, Su Tianjue, Yuan poetry, poetic history anthology
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
Su Tianjue (1294-1352) was a famous leader of the central government literati in the middle era of Mongol Yuan. Besides his proficiency in historiography, he also compiled a literary anthology titled Yuan wen lei (Yuan Literature Arranged by Genre), which has been an important source for the study of Yuan literature. This paper focuses on the poetic history shown in this book, especially the early part. Obviously, Su aimed to make Yuan poetry the main component of this poetic history, but it would be unrealistic to deny the continuous cultural influence of the Jin and Song dynasties, which were both conquered by the Mongolians. This contradiction is highly related to how Yuan adopted the previous culture. This paper contains three parts. First, it introduces existing scholarship concerning the starting point of the Yuan and thereby studies its relationship with the Yuan wen lei. Secondly, it explores the position of Yuan Haowen (1190-1257) in the anthology and how Su selected the Jin poetry and included it in his anthology. Finally, it examines the poetry written by the loyalists of Jin and Yuan as a means to explore Su’s attitudes towards these works.
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