A Study on the Healing of Diseases and the View and Imagination of Landscape in Early Chinese Poetry: A Case Study Focusing on “Seven Stimuli”
The viewand imagination of landscapein early verses and rhapsody poetry are connected with the healingof physical diseases and the satisfaction of instinctive desires. Comparing Mei Cheng's "Seven Stimuli" with Song Yu's "Gao Tang Rhapsody" and the bamboo book "Countering Sexual Indulgence" of the early Han Dynasty, one finds, in the narration and prosody that aim at curing diseases, the vast and amazing beauty of landscapes. Such beauty enters the viewing and imagination, invoking subtle feelings of the body, connecting with the stirrings of life force, blood and spirit, and is engraved in the memory of the body. This whole process of viewing and imagining the beauty is the starting point of the aestheticizationof landscape.
body, landscape, interaction with life force, desire, spirit
Yue, Jin. 2023. "A Study on the Healing of Diseases and the View and Imagination of Landscape in Early Chinese Poetry: A Case Study Focusing on “Seven Stimuli”." Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art 43, (2): pp.151-161. https://tsla.researchcommons.org/journal/vol43/iss2/15