Frontier Taiwan: An Anthology of Modern Chinese Poetry

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JI XIAN
(1913–)

Ji Xian (Chi Hsien) is the pen name of Lu Yu, who was born in Hebei Province but spent his childhood in Yangzhou, which he regards as his home. He graduated from Soochow Art Academy in 1933. In 1936 he went to Japan to study painting, returning to China the following year. During the Sino-Japanese War (1937–45), Ji Xian lived under harsh circumstances in various places, including Wuhan, Hong Kong (where he worked as an editor for the Citizen's Daily), and Shanghai. In 1948 he moved to Taiwan with his family; he taught for twentysix years at Chenggong High School in Taipei. He retired in 1974 and immigrated to the United States in 1976. He lives with his wife and continues to write poetry in Milbrae, California.

Ji Xian started writing at the age of sixteen. Under the pen name Louis, he befriended such poets as Dai Wangshu, Shi Zhecun, Xu Chi, and Du Heng in the 1930s, contributed to Les Contemporains, and founded various poetry journals. In Taiwan he created the Modern Poetry Quarterly in 1953, which served as a fertile breeding ground for a new generation of poets. In 1956 he founded the Modernist School and announced “Six Tenets,” the second of which states that modern Chinese poetry is the product of “horizontal transplantation” rather than “vertical inheritance.” In other words, foreign—especially Anglo-European—poetry rather than the Chinese literary tradition was the dominant influence on modern Chinese poetry. Throughout the 1950s and

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents v
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Note on Translation xvii
  • Frontier Taiwan xix
  • Frontier Taiwan: An Introduction 1
  • Yang Hua (1906–36) 55
  • Yang Chichang (1908–94) 59
  • Qin Zihao (1912–63) 66
  • Ji Xian (1913–) 72
  • Chen Xiuxi 1921–91) 83
  • Zhan Bing (1921–) 87
  • Zhou Mengdie (1921–) 92
  • Huan Fu (1922–) 103
  • Lin Hengtai (1924–) 110
  • Du Pan Fangge (1927–) 116
  • Luo Fu (1928–) 119
  • Luo Men (1928–) 135
  • Rongzi (1928–) 144
  • Xiang Ming (1928–) 149
  • Yu Guangzhong (1928–) 154
  • Guan Guan (1929–) 164
  • Shang Qin (1930–) 171
  • Zhang Mo (1931–) 186
  • Ya Xian (1932–) 190
  • Xin Yu (1933–) 211
  • Zheng Chouyu (1933–) 217
  • Bai Qiu (1937–) 225
  • Ye Weilian (1937–) 231
  • Lin Ling (1938–) 239
  • Xiong Hong (1940–) 245
  • Yang Mu (1940–) 250
  • Zhang Cuo (1943–) 279
  • Wu Sheng (1944–) 285
  • Li Minyong (1947–) 292
  • Luo Qing (1948–) 298
  • Su Shaolian (1949–) 310
  • Jian Zhengzhen (1950–) 316
  • Bai Ling (1951–) 321
  • Ling Yu (1952–) 325
  • Chen Yizhi (1953–) 336
  • Du Ye (1953–) 344
  • Chen Li (1954–) 350
  • Yang Ze (1954–) 369
  • Luo Zhicheng (1955–) 378
  • Xiang Yang (1955–) 385
  • Jiao Tong (1956–) 394
  • Xia Yu (1956–) 399
  • Lin Yu (1957–) 420
  • Liu Kexiang (1957–) 427
  • Sun Weimin (1959–) 435
  • Chen Kehua (1961–) 441
  • Walis Nokan (1961–) 452
  • Lin Yaode (1962–96) 460
  • Hong Hong (1964–) 466
  • Xu Huizhi (1966–) 476
  • Notes on the Contributors 485
  • Select Bibliography in English 489
  • Other Titles in the Modern Chinese Literature from Taiwan Series 491
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