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The really remarkable thing about all the poems that are even possibly from the autumn or winter of 1510 is the entire absence of reference in them to the fall of Liu Chin. Ho Ching-ming rarely refers explicitly to particular political events in his verse, especially that written at home, but he does at least hint at the import for himself of developments in the capital, such as his discharge from the civil service rolls. One would thus expect to find some mention of Liu's downfall, at least some oblique reference to good news or the recall to office of some of his purged friends. Though Liu Chin was gone and his opponents rehabilitated, the future remained uncertain. Tai Kuan had warned Ho of this in a letter from Peking apparently written early in 1511.

Keywords: Ho Ching-ming; Liu Chin; Peking; political events; Tai Kuan



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