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Late Tang Chinese Poetry of the Mid-Ninth Century (827-860)

ISBN-10: 0674033280

ISBN-13: 9780674033283

Edition: 2006

Authors: Stephen Owen

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The poetry of the Late Tang often looked backward, and many poets of the period distinguished themselves through the intensity of their retrospective gaze. Chinese poets had always looked backward to some degree, but for many Late Tang poets the echoes and the traces of the past had a singular aura.In this work, Stephen Owen resumes telling the literary history of the Tang that he began in his works on the Early and High Tang. Focusing in particular on Du Mu, Li Shangyin, and Wen Tingyun, he analyzes the redirection of poetry that followed the deaths of the major poets of the High and Mid-Tang and the rejection of their poetic styles. The Late Tang, Owen argues, forces us to change our very notion of the history of poetry. Poets had always drawn on past poetry, but in the Late Tang, the poetic past was beginning to assume the form it would have for the next millennium; it was becoming a repertoire of available choices--styles, genres, the voices of past poets. It was this repertoire that would endure.
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/31/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 596
Size: 5.91" wide x 9.06" long x 1.57" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

Introduction: Latecomers
Setting the Stage
The Old Men
Regulated Verse in the Short Line
The Craftsmen of Poetry
The Legacy of Li He
Regulated Verse in the Long Line: The ""Meditation on the Past""
Poets of the Long Line
Du Mu
Daoism: The Case of Cao Tang
Li Shangyin: Preliminaries
Li Shangyin: The Hermetic Poems
Li Shangyin: The History Poems
Li Shangyin: ""Poems on Things""
Li Shangyin: The Poems on Occasion
Wen Tingyun Concl