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Tug-of-war with Lamentations of Spring :A Study of Yu Kwang-chung’s Time Consciousness

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2008, (16), pp.15-36
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2008..16.002
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Published : May 31, 2008

黎活仁 1

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Candidate

ABSTRACT

Before the mid-Tang period, autumn was the most important season in the time consciousness of Chinese literature;hence the “lamentations of autumn”. From mid-Tang onwards, spring replaced autumn as the most pertinent season in the ci genre. “Lamentations of spring” and “cherishing spring” became the two most valued themes:the literati did not want spring to end so soon, as the scorching hot summer was not conducive to literary pursuits. Yu Kwang-chung’s time consciousness is slightly different from that of classical Chinese literature. Some of his poems are also lamentations of spring, but they are often accompanied with the rising sun. On the other hand, summer takes a strong presence in his poems, especially those about the lotus, which may also have Buddhist overtones.

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