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Hidden poets and poetry groupings

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In the 1940s, left-wing poets demanded that poetry have a more direct connection with China's turbulent society and that emotionally and linguistically it expand beyond the narrow scope of the individual. Left-wing poetry did become the strongest current in poetry circles. During the 1950s, it was stressed that folk and liberated area poetry were the most direct "traditions" of contemporary poetry, poetry since "May Fourth" was still valued as an important "resource". Of course, by this time new poetry had already been analyzed and classified. The poetry grouping of Mu Dan, Zheng Min, Du Yunxie, Yuan Kejia, Xindi, Chen Jingrong, Hang Yuehe, Tang Qi, and Tang Shi, was unquestionably China's most vigorous. Possessing their own unique creative characteristics, these young poets "concentrated" around the periodicals Poetry Creation and China's New Poetry. In 1981, a poetry anthology entitled White Flowers featured the work of poets called the "July Group".

Keywords: White Flowers ; China's turbulent society; left-wing poets; poetry groupings



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