This episode concludes our exploration of Six Dynasties landscape poetry by considering the verse of Xie Tiao (464–499). By Xie Tiao's time, landscape was becoming an increasingly common topic within the world of courtly verse. Partly for this reason, Xie's poetry begins to efface the previously definitive distinction between the human world and the natural landscape, and moreover imbues that landscape with the passions of the courtier—in Xie's case, both his yearning for the court and capital and his well-justified fear of the dangers of court politics.
Guest Host: Lucas Rambo Bender, Yale University
English poem recital by Andrew Merritt @ Andrew Merritt (divacatrecords.com)