Wednesday, August 02, 2006

does nothing?

"Li Kan once castigated the poetry of Yuan Zhen and Bo Juyi, which he considered to be so finely seductive and reckless that people who were not sober and refined would be destroyed thereby. When such writings were disseminated among the populace, the fathers of sons and the mothers of daughters would transmit and teach them from mouth to mouth. All those lascivious words and flirtatious phrases on winter cold and summer heat would penetrate so deeply into human flesh and bone that they could not be removed."

Wang Zhuo (d. 1160) from Biji manzhi, trans Anthony C. Yu, in Women Writers of Traditional China: An Anthology of Poetry and Criticism, eds Kang-i Sun Chang and Haun Saussy.

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