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Poetics in Crisis: A Study on Bei Dao’s Latest Poems

  • The Journal of Chinese Cultural Studies
  • 2016, (31), pp.255-277
  • DOI : 10.18212/cccs.2016..31.011
  • Publisher : The Society For Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature > Chinese Literature > Chinese Culture
  • Published : February 28, 2016

Woo Kwang Jung 1

1숙명여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to illustrate the nature and characteristics of Bei Dao's 北島(1949- ) latest poems appeared in the last part of his new poetry anthology The Rose of Time: New & Selected Poems (New York: New Directions, 2010). The last part of this book contains 15 poems, written during the years 2001-2008, under the title of “the rose of time: new poems.” Throughout his exile, his feelings of the nomadic life and homesickness can be in a greater or less degree major contributions to these poems. Compared with his exile poems of pre-the year 2001, these poems marks an important development or, more accurately, a notable change toward world poetry, displaying how profoundly Chinese and Western poetics match up. This study contains five parts including introduction and conclusion. Part Two explores the qualities of 'the homesickness' in his poem “To My Father” 給父親 through his feelings of loneliness and frustration which have been deeply ingrained in his memory. Part Three explores his poems “Black Map” 黑色地圖 and “Reading History” 讀史 through his use of oxymoron, elliptical syntax, split imagery, cryptic metaphors and symbols, etc. Part Four explores his poems “Passing Winter” 過冬 and “The Rose of Time” 時間的玫瑰 through his serious efforts to find a new global poetics combining both traditional Chinese poetics and Western poetics.

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