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1980s poetry

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During the late 1970s period, numerous complex issues were raised during the debate that ensued once a "crisis" was posited: such as poetry's relationship with "reality", "self-expression" and the "reflection of reality" in poetry, the characteristics of poetry and its social "function", new poetry's tradition and external influences, and so on. However, overall, literary circles had positive attitudes toward the poetry of the time. In 1980, Ai Qing entitled a collection of his poetry Songs of Return, and, at the same time, Liu Shahe and Liang Nan wrote poems with the titles The Return and The Moment of Return, respectively. "Return" was a phenomenon among poets and a universal poetical theme as well at this time. Niu Han, Zheng Min, Cai Qijiao, and Chang Yao were among the "re-emergent" poets who were still creatively active and continued to develop artistically during the late 1980s and into the 1990s.

Keywords: 1980s poetry; Ai Qing; Liang Nan; Liu Shahe; re-emergent poets



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