The Covert Mode of Repetition: Sense

Cecile Chu-chin Sun

in The Poetics of Repetition in English and Chinese Lyric Poetry

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780226780207
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226780221 | DOI:
The Covert Mode of Repetition: Sense

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This chapter focuses on the covert mode of repetition, examining poems from both traditions by studying the repetition of the sense of a poem along the axes of metaphor (the tenor-vehicle relationship) on the English side and of the qing-jing (“feeling-scene” relationship) on the Chinese side. These two lyrical relationships are chosen because, among the various devices of covert repetition, they are central to the Chinese and English lyrical traditions. In the English tradition, metaphor has been recognized as the most fundamental of all the figures of speech. Similarly, the “scene-feeling” relationship—since the Shijing (the Book of Songs), the earliest anthology of Chinese poetry—has been the most prominent lyrical device in Chinese poetry. It is cognizant that the poetic and technical distinction between xing and metaphor explored in this chapter is a manifestation of a far more profound distinction between these two traditions in their respective cultural orientations, particularly in their different views of reality.

Keywords: covert mode; tenor-vehicle relationship; metaphor; covert repetition; xing; feeling-scene relationship; qing-jing; Chinese poetry; lyrical traditions; Shijing

Chapter.  29962 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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