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Gazing upon Eternity: Remembrance and Resistance in The Former (and The Latter) Book of Mt. Ch'i-Lai
|Keywords:||楊牧 ; 《奇萊前（後）書》 ; 濟慈 ; 消極能力 ; 永恆 |
Yang Mu ; The Former (and The Latter) Book of Mt. Ch'i-Lai ; John Keats ; negative capability ; eternity
|Issue Date:||2020-10-12 09:54:11 (UTC+8)|
The Former (and The Latter) Book of Mt. Ch'i-Lai is a collection of writings not only about the life of Yang Mu but about the development of Yang Mu the ＂poet.＂ In the series, the poet tries to organize the past into something that echoes with the present and projects into the future. ＂A thing of beauty is a joy forever＂ - beginning line from John Keats's Endymion - is a recurring theme in the poet's recollection of life events. As the line indicates, Yang presents a positive attitude towards romantic poets including Keats, Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley and Yeats. Yang's dialogue with the romantic poets beautifully illustrates an untiring pursuit of and reflection on beauty, nature, eternity and truth. This essay will explore this multifaceted system of ＂beauty＂ from three aspects - the poet and nature, the poet and his self, and the poet and his poetry - to see how the idea of ＂beauty＂ is constantly reconstructed with every sense of melancholy, nothingness or resistance. It is a key model on which the poet ruminates his past by making associations with and looking into something eternal.
|Relation:||政大中文學報, 32, 5-33|
|Appears in Collections:||[Bulletin of the Department of Chinese Literature National Chengchi University] Journal Articles|
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