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|Other Titles:||On the Formation of Chou Meng-tieh’s Poetic Style|
Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages, and Literature, NTNU
In the 1950s, over sixty of Chou Meng-tieh’s poems appeared publicly. However, before the publication of The Unpublished at House of Wind’s Ear, edited by Tseng Jin-fong, thesepoems were never included in any of the poet’s poetry collections, and therefore were inaccessible by the readers. In examining Chou Meng-tieh’s creative development, these early poems, although not showing much of the poet’s style of his mature works, prove the fact that a poet’s style is not formed just in days. Chou Meng-tieh’s poetic style started to take shape in Grass of the Returned Soul, and matured in Thirteen White Chrysanthemums. Based on the poet’s character, upbringing and educational background, this essay tries to analyze the mind frame of the poet who, all throughout his life, seems to be an “outsider” of the social system. In addition, it tries to interpret the poet’s “static tragedies” and the philosophy of “suffering brings enlightenment” in his poetry; to explore the circuitous arguments he has raised for himself repetitively, and the characteristic verbal expressions, totally of his own, in his later works. The research leads to conclusions that without the classical studies, there would be no Chou Meng-tieh style; without the understanding of Buddhism, the struggle of personal life, the self-imposed exile from love, there would be no Chou Meng-tieh style.
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