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Contrasts and Similarities of Tang Dyasty Sea Poems
|Authors: ||吳智雄(Wu, Chih-Hsiung)|
Quan Tang Shi
|Issue Date: ||2018-06-06T06:10:29Z
Abstract: This paper examines 50 sea poems of the Tang dynasty to review two similarities and four differing characteristics. The two similarities, the common features in the works, include the use of natural imagery in portraying and conveying basic themes and the use of allusions as the main narrative technique. The first mentioned usage was found in about 80% of the 50 sea poems. The poems contained actual descriptions of natural imagery interwoven with metaphors and metonymies. The latter mentioned were found in about 60% of the poems and often used allusion to gods and mythical creatures, Qinhuang Hanwu and other classics. Myths were the most frequently cited or paraphrased in the poems as reference or to progress the main theme. The four differences emerged in the usage of nature as the theme: some spoke of the poet's mind or commented on events or the world the poet lived in. Here the sea served as a medium to express the poet's thinking; some meant to trigger emotions and reflect upon the past with poetic language. The sea became an excuse for deep contemplation on the old days. Yet several others spoke of parting and homecoming. These farewell poems spoke of not just departure and separation, but also of returning home; the rest were about sailing across wide expanses of water. To the poet, sailing away hinted at the possibility of finding a secluded paradise away from the secular world.
|Relation: ||20 pp.1-29|
|Appears in Collections:||[海洋文化研究所] 期刊論文|
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