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The poems by Ho Ching-ming that can be assigned to the summer and fall of 1506 come close to equaling in number all that survive from the years before his trip to Yunnan, but the early stages of Wu-tsung's history are only occasionally visible in them. One work from this period, however, "The Bright Moon", is of special importance, for it provides a sense of how seriously the 'historical' study of poetry was taken in Ho's circle. This chapter focuses on the poems "The Bright Moon "A Change in the Stars "On the Hu-t'o River and "Song of Ta-liang". Ho arrived home in Hsin-yang toward the end of spring and settled in the country. P'an Yüeh - he of the set of three poems mourning his wife - wrote a "Rhapsody on Living in Idleness". The first of these poems evokes Ho's arrival late on a spring day.

Keywords: Ho Ching-ming; Hsin-yang; P'an Yüeh; poems; Wu-tsung; Yunnan



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