Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Paul W. Kroll

Second Advisor

Matthias L. Richter

Third Advisor

Antje Richter

Abstract

Mount Beimang was located to the northeast of the historical Luoyang. Ascending high on this mountain, one could enjoy a panoramic view of the capital city. The beautiful view of Beimang and its advantageous location just outside the capital city walls made it an ideal graveyard for the well-to-do and contributed to its role as a special poetic image in classical poetry. The purpose of this paper is to study this image and seek related aspects of it in poems from early medieval and medieval China. I shall first study poems composed in the pre-Tang period. Despite their paucity, these poems can be divided into two groups, each of which can be read within a similar pattern in terms of poetic sequences and motifs. Then I shall proceed to poems in the Tang, which display a more vivid and diverse picture of the mountain because of their vocabularies and images selected from a larger hoard. By surveying various tropes and themes in these poems, I hope to explore a full picture of the mountain and its cultural value in traditional China.

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