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Unhomely Houses

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A house as a ?home? is always considered a secure and ?homely? space. However, the desire for a ?homely home? is an essential theme that repeatedly occurs in Taiwanese modernist poems. There are several questions in connection with the issue of ?home? in Taiwanese modernist poems. Why does the strong desire for a ?homely home? exist and ultimately turn out to be an essential theme in these poems? In order to escape the modernity problem, Lomen turned his house into a museum of light, and Luo Fu turned inward and wrote surrealistic poetry. This chapter draws parallels and identifies relevant findings from other disciplines, as well as Western civilization, to assist the issue of 'home' in Taiwanese modernist poetry. The relationship between the idea of being buried alive and the city of Pompeii is obvious. The whole city and its citizens were literally buried alive by a volcanic eruption.

Keywords: homely space; Lomen; Luo Fu; Taiwanese modernist poems

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