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Chinese Metaphor again: Reading-And Understanding-Imagery in the Chinese Poetic Tradition

Stephen R. Bokenkamp
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 109, No. 2 (Apr. - Jun., 1989), pp. 211-221
DOI: 10.2307/604426
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/604426
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

Recently the claim has been advanced that "metaphor," as understood in the West, does not exist in traditional Chinese literature. This claim proves sophistical, when examined in light of the use made by traditional poets and commentators of the crucial term pi-yü and the principles underlying the Chinese notion of categorical correspondence. Particularly enlightening, in this regard, are discussions and examples of metaphorical language found in medieval Buddhist texts and in the ninth-century Manual on the Rhapsody.

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