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This is the concluding chapter of the book which shows the ways in which Fanghui exemplifies certain traits that scholars have identified as “Song.” In trying to understand why he thought a given poem was interesting and worth keeping, the author has pointed to its freshness and precision of description as a desideratum for Song poets. The author suggests focusing on the history of each genre rather than the history of Song shi as a whole. When one better understands how genre expectations from the Mei Yaochen generation were remolded in the hands of He Zhu and his contemporaries of similar stature, one is much closer to write a new history of Song Dynasty poetry as a whole. The chapter reviews how Fanghui’s work relates to the development of each genre as one understands it now and as one might like to probe it in the future.

Keywords: Fanghui; genre; He Zhu; Song shi

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