Study of Xu Wei's frontier poems.
Date of Issue2012
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
The introduction of this thesis opens by stating clearly that the range of study is on Xu Wei’s Frontier Poems. The Frontier Poems include both the Sea Frontier Poems and the Land Frontier Poems. The meanings of different types of Frontier Poems are defined. Next, I distinguish that among more than two thousand poems, which are the frontier ones. Lastly, several points of interest are raised. Main body of this thesis includes three chapters which are the most important parts. They are arranged according to the time at which the poet wrote those poems analyzed. Chapter 1 is the close reading of poems written while the poet was fighting the Japanese invaders. The selected poems are “A Tribute to General Yu”, “Nine Poems Propagating the Victory on Mountain Kan”, “The Daughter of Mr. Yan”. His Frontier Poems not only describe the battlefield and propagate the victory, but also reflect the meaning of war and show the poet’s desire of success. In addition, “The Daughter of Mr. Yan” is a masterpiece of Xu Wei’s Frontier Poems and it is talking about a female character. It has great value for studying. Chapter 2 is the close reading of poems written while the poet was working as a secretary under General Hu. The selected poems are “General Hu Visits the Zhe Province”, “Paying Tribute to General Qi by Presenting a Poem”. Unlike the previous period, Xu Wei no longer fighted as a soldier; he worked as a secretary and sometimes offers his stratagem to his boss, General Hu. General Hu had close relationship with the notorious government official, Yan Song. The poet hated Yan Song very much but had to serve him well. He knew well about what he should do and should not to do in order to promote faster. Therefore, even though he felt very uncomfortable serving Yan Song, he made his mind to stand it. I also chose, Shen Mingchen, another poet’s frontier poem to compare with “Paying Tribute to General Qi by Presenting a Poem”. Chapter 3 is the close reading of poems written while the poet was working as a secretary under General Wu. The selected poems are “Bilateral Market”, “Three Poems Written at the north-western border”. The poet wrote many poems to describe the harmonious scene in the north-western area. Before he became Wu’s secretary, he had gone through a lot of trauma and got very depressed. However, after he had witnessed that the Han people and the Meng people could live near to each other harmoniously, he was deeply impressed and started to walk out of the depression. In his poems, he praised a female of Meng race for her openness and brightness. I compared the poet’s attitude towards the daughter of Mr. Yan and the Meng female. Lastly, there is the conclusion. I summarize the points of interests mentioned in introduction and then point out the parts that need further study. Key Words: Xu Wei, Frontier Poems, Sea Frontier Poems, Land Frontier Poems 关键词: 徐渭，边防诗，海防诗，塞防诗
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University