Poetry and Politics: The Life and Works of Juan Chi, A.D. by Donald Holzman

By Donald Holzman

Poetry and Politics is the 1st full-length examine in any language of the lifestyles and works of the chinese language poet and philosopher, Juan Chi (AD 210-263). This publication comprises translations of all Juan Chi's very important works, in verse and prose, his letters and all of the old debts of his lifestyles. The reader is hence enabled, for the 1st time in a piece of this sort, to determine a chinese language author within the around, in his works and in his atmosphere. Juan Chi's attachment to conventional Confucian values saved him within the centre of political and social lifestyles, yet ultimately his disgust with the disloyalty and self-seeking he observed in Wei society made him shy away. He tried in Taoism and within the pursuit of Taoist immortality to discover the purity and permanence so missing on the planet, yet with no an final dedication. Juan Chi was once accused either in his lifetime and as a consequence of being a Confucian hero and a Taoist iconoclast, and in him may be visible the contradictory highbrow and spiritual forces t hat have been slowly bringing within the chinese language center a while.

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We are surely right to look for satirical elements here if anywhere in his work. , with the result that the kingdom (homonym of the Ts'ao-Wei dynasty) disappeared forever. Is there not a suggestion that the modem 'kingdom of Wei' was also about to fall in Juan Chi's own time? Lines 7 and 8 refer only to the time of the year - the fifteenth day of the ninth or tenth lunar month - and not to the year itself. We have already seen that Juan Chi refers cryptically to the 'beginning of a new week' in the autumn of 254 in his 'Mt Shou-yang fu' in which he also evokes similar wretched autumnal weather.

The food of fragrant millet seemed good to them And they found their peace in his unhurried chambers. When they entwined their necks as they cleaned their striped breasts, They heightened the overflowing seduction of their florid Poetry and politics 30 35 20 beauty. They set straight their handsome forms to show forth their adornments, Desiring that their majestic bearing be always just as it should. For a time they looked up and down and roamed at will, Seeking love in the present moment. Why should they yearn to soar in the air?

3 Ssu-ma Shih died on 24 March 255, half a year after having placed Ts'ao Mao on the throne and a little over a week after having broken the revolt of the loyalist Kuan-ch'iu Chien Sh JL f^ . 4 He took him into his headquarters as Advisory Adjutant as his father and brother had and, according to the following anecdote, allowed him to indulge an old ambition. The anecdote sounds fanciful, but it is in all probability based upon a grain of truth. Juan Chi was by nature aloofly indifferent to the world, giving free vent to his fantasies and taking no pleasure in serving as an official in the government.

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