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Scribes of GastronomyRepresentations of Food and Drink in Imperial Chinese Literature$
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Isaac Yue and Siufu Tang

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139972

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139972.001.0001

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Making Poetry with Alcohol

Making Poetry with Alcohol

Wine Consumption in Tao Qian, Li Bai and Su Shi

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Scribes of Gastronomy

Charles Kwong

Hong Kong University Press

Noting the importance of wine as an ancient poetic motif in China's literary tradition, this chapter examines the significance of wine eulogy in the poetic works of Tao Qian, Li Bai, and Su Shi and demonstrates how certain aspects of wine, such as being social catalyst and emotional intensifier and anesthetic, has largely remained constant, while other aspects transformed with a keener sense of individuality and the enlightening experiences of philosophy and art.

Keywords:   Wine poetry, Su Shi, Tao Qian, Li Bai, Food literature, Culture, China

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