Li Shang-yin and the Baroque

Author:Massimo Verdicchio Time:2019-07-09 Click:

The issue of the poetry of Li Shang-yin and the Baroque is not yet settled since various critical attempts have not proved sufficiently satisfactory to justify a definition of his poetry as Baroque. The main difficulty stems from the attempt to read his poetry symbolically rather than allegorically, which is the poetic mode characteristic of Baroque poetry. This is what this paper attempts to do with a reading of “Chin-se” (“The Ornamented zither”).

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