Xia Jingguan published six volumes of selected annotations of Tang, Song and Jin poems in 1940, one of which being The Poetry of Mei Yaochen. Mei Yaocheng’s poems were highly acclaimed in the Song dynasty, but not in the Yuan and Ming dynasties. In late Qing they became popular again thanks to the Tong Guang School, in which Xia was the one who most strongly recommended Mei. We can examine the significance of Xia’s annotations of The Poetry of Mei Yaochen in three aspects: first, the emphasis on the spirit of scholars hailed from a humble social origin and the gentleman’s ideals in his poetics; second, the expression of aesthetic notions that synthesize Tang and Song poetics and develop infinite poetic realm; and third, Xia’s recognition of Mei’s fengya 風雅 heritage and the impact of Xia’s promotion of Mei’s poems on the history of poems in modern studies of Mei’s poems. The paper concludes by underscoring the values of Xia’s annotations in regard to modern studies of Mei’s poems.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Significance of Xia Jingguan’s Annotation of The Poetry of Mei Yaochen in Chinese Poetics|
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
- Xia Jingguan
- The Poetry of Mei Yaochen
- Tong Guang School