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Life and Reality: On the Poetry by Shang Qin

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2010, (24), pp.445-470
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2010..24.020
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Published : October 31, 2010

·Cheng Chun Wai 1

1澳門大學 教育學院

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Most critics considered Shang Qin as a surrealist poet. However, it was denied by Shang Qin. He reiterated that his style was rather realistic in many occasions. Because of this contrasting idea, the author intends to examine how the poet is inspired by daily lives and activities. This article starts with the discussion of stanza repetition in the poet’s work. Jung’s theories of persona, shadow and animus are applied in examining the imageries of shadow and coughing sound appeared in the poems. The symobolic meanings of domestic animals elucidated in The Cat, Dog, and Horse Lectures, and the Beyond, authored by Barbara Hannah (1891‐1986), are also introduced to analyse the imageries of of cats and dogs in Shang’s poems, as animals represent the dvinie side of the human psyche in Jung’s theory. Lastly, Shang Qin’s experience in war was referred to in exploring his hatred and nostalgia sentiments in the poems. The author concluded that the poet attempted to explore his inner world through his creative work.

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