Mimesis and Xing

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:
Mimesis and Xing

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This chapter explores the covert repetition by probing the underlying concepts operative in the tenor-vehicle relationship and the “feeling-scene” relationship in terms of mimesis and xing. Xing is a poetic expression of this self-same bond and resonance. Mimesis is an expression of the fundamental disparity between the noumenal world and the phenomenal world. Mimesis and xing, representing two distinct modes of conceptualizing reality, including human beings' relationship with reality, are at the root of the distinctions between English and Chinese poetry. Hence, to subject the poetic distinction between the two lyrical traditions to a more profound level of scrutiny in terms of their cultural orientations is to explore more deeply the distinctions between mimesis and xing. The study of mimesis and xing in this comparative context will thus help us better understand the powerful factors and forces at work on the root level of each culture that account for the poetic features we experience in reading English and Chinese poetry.

Keywords: mimesis; xing; covert repetition; lyrical tradition; poetic expression; English poetry; Chinese poetry; tenor-vehicle relationship; feeling-scene relationship

Chapter.  22744 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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