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The Influence of Zen on the Aesthetics of the Poetry of the Tang Dynasty
Poetry of Tang Dynasty;Aesthetic;Zen
|Issue Date: ||2012-07-03T03:35:01Z
Zen Buddhism and poetry were both prosperous in Tang Dynasty; in that time, they integrated and then fired up the sparkle of aesthetics. Zen and poetry had much in common in the pursuit of the beauty of artistic conceptions. Zen was so profound and vague that it could be only understood by the expression of Zen poetry. Since Tang poetry explored vivid images, a great number of poems were enriched in the aspect of images through incorporating themselves with Zen. Nearly all famous Tang poets had the experience of studying Zen, and expressed their emphasis on artistic conceptions whatever in the composition or theories of poetry. Therefore, the theory of artistic conceptions resulted from the enlightenment of Zen. This article explores the influence of Zen on the aesthetics of Tang poetry. After the preface, I discuss the Buddhism enlightenment of Tang aesthetics, then the age elements of the incorporation of Zen and poetics, and last the topics of the communication between Zen and aesthetics. By means of this, I summarize the relations between Zen and the aesthetics of poetry, and then explore the beauty of Zen in Tang poetry. In this article I shall sum up the expression of Zen in Tang poetry into four parts-the aesthetics of Zen logic, the aesthetics of Zen artistic conceptions, the aesthetics of Zen delight, and the aesthetics of Zen taste, which are explained with examples. Zen was much better expressed through the form of poetry. In return, Tang poetry contained more profound connotations and artistic conceptions. In Tang dynasty, the Zen aesthetics and poetry aesthetics incorporated each other, as is worth our appreciation.
|Relation: ||興大人文學報, 37: 223-260|
|Appears in Collections:||[台灣文學研究所] 期刊論文|
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