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Self-Recommendation Letters of Li Bo

  • The Journal of Chinese Cultural Studies
  • 2016, (31), pp.397-428
  • DOI : 10.18212/cccs.2016..31.017
  • Publisher : The Society For Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature > Chinese Literature > Chinese Culture
  • Published : February 28, 2016

LEE HAE WON 1

1고려대학교

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ABSTRACT

Li Bo was extraordinary talent in writing poems and a genius who put down his feelings in poems. He wrote several letters to the Governors of Provinces, as Anzhou(安州), Jingzhou(荊州) asking for a job, but without success. He wrote letters expressing his strong hope of recommending himself for a higher position to the Emperor Xuanzong(玄宗). He presented his letter On Behalf of Shou Mountain Scolding Meng Shaofu ( 「代壽山答孟少府移文書」) to his friend, and Letter to the Governor of Jingzhou ( 「與韓荊州書」)to the Han Zhaozong. He was dominated by an ambition to get himself appointed to a government post and serve the country. Li Bai declares his life ideal of “seclusion after success” to the world. The application of the third person expression of replacing himself by the Shou Mountain both the close relevance with Yi Wen from North Mountain ( 「北山移文」) of Kong Zhigui(孔稚圭) from Qi(齊) in the Southern Dynasty.

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