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Xiaofei Tian

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528448

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528448.001.0001

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Foundings of Home

Foundings of Home

On Du Fu and Poetic Success

(p.15) 1 Foundings of Home
Reading Du Fu

Jack W. Chen

Hong Kong University Press

The question of home is central to the poetic project, where it is most often experienced in terms of its loss. Yet poetry also holds out hope for the restoration of home, which may be understood through Allen Grossman’s phrase, “poetic success,” or the possibility for poetry to effect some kind of victory despite the inexorable conditions of reality. For Du Fu, his poems composed while in Chengdu, living at his Thatched Cottage, thematize the question of home and celebrate, however temporarily, a sense of belonging and peace for the restless poet. This essay explores a set of Du Fu’s poems from this period, demonstrating what might count as poetic success for Du Fu while in exile from his true home in the capital region.

Keywords:   home, poetic success, exile, Thatched Cottage, the ordinary

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