Everlasting music and eternal happiness: The study of poetry of music in Qi and Liang dynasties
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
The “Gongti 宫體" school poets have generally been recognized as tending to compose a kind of poetry called “yuewu-shi 樂舞詩", that depicted women who were playing music or dancing. But it is worthy noting that the crown prince Zhao-ming 昭明, who is well-known for his objections to the writing of “amorous poetry 豔詩” also composed some “yuewu-shi 樂舞詩", though it was a type of “amorous poetry 豔詩". In yuewu-shi Qi and Liang 齊梁樂舞詩, we frequently find characteristic lines expressing the ideas of “everlastingly playing music” and “keeping the guest at the banquet”. After consideration of the origin and the meaning of these two patterns of expression, it becomes clear that these two patterns were inherited from the word of festivity used in the ancient festive poetry and ritual poetry. Not only the Crown prince Zhaoming 昭明, but also numerous poets in the Qi and Liang 齊梁 dynasties composed “yuewu-shi 樂舞詩" to convey wishes for the success of the banquet, peace for the dynasty and long life for the emperor. We further need to note that Qi and Liang “amorous poetry” 齊梁“豔詩" retained the nature of the ancient poetry.
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