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Memories of Mount QilaiThe Education of a Young Poet$
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Mu Yang

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231169967

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231169967.001.0001

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That Age

That Age

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(p.187) That Age
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Memories of Mount Qilai
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Yang Mu

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231169967.003.0014

This chapter ponders on “that age”—a period of artistic expression in the author's life, which coincided with the tensions of the fifties, especially the conflicts that arose during that period. The fifties was a threatening time—a “severe and destructive age” wherein freedom of expression was necessarily limited, yet the author had, within this period, agonized over a more coherent framework for his own artistic expression. Where he had once turned to beauty, as a young man, he could now also see the ugliness in the world, and realize with some dismay that he himself, and not so much his poetry, that had entered maturity.

Keywords:   fifties, freedom of expression, artistic expression, poetry, maturity, beauty, ugliness

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