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The condition of music and Anglophone influences in the poetry of Shao Xunmei

Tian Jin (Author)
"This book examines the unique poetics of Shao Xunmei 邵洵美, (1906--1968), a Chinese poet who has long been marginalized by contemporary criticism. Shao aspires to reach the condition of music in poetry, which bears a resemblance to three Anglophone writers whom he applauds: Algernon Charles Swinburne, Edith Sitwell, and George Augustus Moore. The Condition of Music and Anglophone Influences in the Poetry of Shao Xunmei investigates how these three writers influenced Shao, and how this inspiration helped shape his idea of the condition of music in poetry. In the scope of world literature, this book aims to fill a small but important puzzle piece in the global network of literary influence. In a world where cultural exchanges have become increasingly frequent and convenient, and at a time when counter-globalization seems to burgeon into a hazardous trend, it is beneficial to look back to the 1920s-1930s, a time that is as equally tumultuous as today, to examine the global influence network that has taken us where we are, and to understand that in the dynamic of literary influence, no single piece of literature can have its significance alone. This groundbreaking book will benefit the scholarship of Shao and contribute to the relevant research in Chinese studies and word and music studies. Therefore, it will be of great use and interest to researchers of comparative literature, Chinese literature, and world literature, as well as scholars of word and music studies." -- Book jacket
Print Book, English, 2020
Vernon Press, Wilmington, DE, 2020
Criticism, interpretation, etc
li, 123 pages ; 24 cm.
9781648890512, 1648890512
Shao, Swinburne and the idea of harmony
The gathering of Shao, Sappho and Swinburne
Shao's encounter with Sappho
From Sappho to Swinburne
A poet in the making
Harmony as a condition of music in poetry
Swinburne's conception of harmony
The nightingale as a symbol of harmony
A shared practice : the merging of Sappho and the nightingale
Shao, Sitwell and "the sister of horticulture"
Poetry as "the sister of horticulture"
Sitwell's conception of "the sister of horticulture"
Texture and jili
The horticulture of musical sisters
The flower as musical woman
Sexual consummation as a condition of music
Garden, sexual ecstasy and possible biblical influence
The instrumentalisation of women's body
Shao, Moore and the idea of pure poetry
Shao and Moore in dialogue
Shao's correspondence with Moore
Moore's conception of pure poetry
The dialogic of pure poetry
Prose poetry and the use of dialogic
Pure poetry as the unity of arts