On the “Flowing Movement” and the “Lofty and Ancient” in Gary Snyder’s Poetry

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Zhang Jun-ping
Chen Wei-hang

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On the “Flowing Movement” and the “Lofty and Ancient” in Gary Snyder’s Poetry Gary Snyder, a renowned 20th century American poet, has been strongly influenced by Eastern cultures, especially Chinese. The philosophical spirit of Eastern culture and its intuitive way of thinking have taken root in Snyder’s mind and directly shaped his perception of nature. Hence, in view of the inadequacy of Western literary criticism in interpreting the Eastern dimensions of Snyder’s poetry, this article takes the classical Chinese literary theory “Twenty-Four Styles of Poetry” as its theoretical perspective and uses its categories of “Flowing Movement” and “Lofty and Ancient” to explore how the dissolved or solitary poetic self achieves the mental state of “emptiness” (kong in Chinese Taoism and sunyata in the Buddhist sense) and creates the poetic worlds of the “flowing movement” and the “lofty and ancient” (transcendence) in Snyder’s poems.

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Jun-ping, Z. und Wei-hang, C. 2022. On the “Flowing Movement” and the “Lofty and Ancient” in Gary Snyder’s Poetry. Internationale Zeitschrift für Kulturkomparatistik. 5 (2022), 505-520. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25353/ubtr-izfk-ae3e-734a.
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