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Abstract

The category of "perceiving" runs through all the fields and the whole process of Wang Guowei's research. He insists that art is based on intuition,but this does not mean that he is an anti-rationalist. He is not opposed to the use of bi(comparison) and xing (affective image) in classical Chinese poetry, yet reforms these methods with his theory of intuition,thereby giving them connotations of symbolism in modern Western poetics. Taking sorrows for the change of seasons,observations of moonlights,and astronomical phenomena as examples,this article analyzes the symbolic means of intuitive cognition embodiedin Wang Guowei's statement,"all words of scenes are those of sensations". Taking the image of beautiful women as an example, this article also analyzes his development of the traditional way of metaphor through the statement,"pleasure,anger,sorrow,and joy,are all realms in human mind". Taking interrogative,negative,and affirmative sentence structures as examples,this article further argues that key to the term "non-ambiguity" in the statement,"non-ambiguity means that utterance seems to be in front of eyes", is whether utterance can be perceived through intuition. Wang Guowei prefers intuitive words and phrases that transcend accustomed and inertial thinking.

Keywords

Wang Guowei, intuition, ci-poetry, comparison and affective image, symbolism

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