《Ten Talks on Poetry Appreciation: 9_Pastoral Poetry》__ Kong Shiu Loon(53)

(9) Pastoral Poetry an International Tradition 

Chinese pastoral poetry is unique, not only because China was an agricultural country for thousands of years, but also because people who had left home to be scholars and officials in cities always yearned for the quietude and charm of a pastoral life. It has a practical honesty and a spiritual charm. The value of earning one’s keeps to meet needs is basic since antiquity.

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