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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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Thinking through Poetry

Thinking through Poetry

Du Fu’s “Getting Rid of the Blues” (Jie men)

(p.27) 2 Thinking through Poetry
Reading Du Fu

Stephen Owen

Hong Kong University Press

“Thinking through poetry” refers to an associative process of poetic structure, through which Du Fu explores a basic issue. In “Getting Rid of the Blues” the poet addresses the question of empire as circulation, “that which goes far.” The antithetical term is the local, “that which cannot go far.” Poetry is something that circulates throughout the empire, but it often carries the image of the local and, through the image, a desire for what even the emperor cannot have: fresh, ripe lychees.

Keywords:   visuality, empire, circulation, local, coinage

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