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The new poetry tide

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As regards carrying on aspects of mainstream poetry, the contemporary "political lyric poetry" form was continued and given added impetus by some young poets of the late 1970s. The nature and depth of the "revolt" of the other poets requires further analysis. The "new poetry tide" to which this chapter refers is precisely this trend in poetry during the 1980s, which exhibited several characteristics of "revolt" against contemporary poetical norms. Initially, it was termed the "Misty poetry" movement. The young writers who were termed "Misty poets" during the early 1980s began writing poetry during the "Cultural Revolution". At the time, the five poets, Bei Dao, Shu Ting, Gu Cheng, Jiang He, and Yang Lian, were seen as the representative poets of Misty poetry. For a few years beginning in 1984, the most active location for experimental poetry activities of the "newborn generation" was Sichuan.

Keywords: Bei Dao; contemporary political lyric poetry form; Gu Cheng; Jiang He; Misty poetry movement; poetry; Sichuan; Yang Lian



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