Li Qing-Zhao was well-known as a “Lay Buddhist who was born into a family of scholars and officials”. It is evident to the reader that she was a follower as there are symbols of nature that is associated to Buddhism. The lyric, to “Note After Note” describes Li Qing-Zhao’s feeling of loneliness and sorrow. She is waiting for something or someone, but it is unclear to us as to what events occurred during the time this lyric was written. The majority of “ci-poems she wrote during her time described the deep love she had for her husband and the feeling of loneliness whenever he was away from home” (Jiao Sheng Wang, page 4). This poem can also be about the fall of her home in Northern Song by the invasion of Mongols, to which it forced her to “wander aimlessly for years from one place to another” (Jiao Sheng Wang, page 5). Although Li Qing-Zhao describes these emotions throu...
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...re already lovers” (Owen, 571). This is evident in Li Qing-Zhao and Liu Yong’s work because they are both lonely and longing to reunite to the ones they love. Although, “it was Liu Yong who began writing lyrics about male longing”; It is noteworthy to see some of the differences and similarities towards how each poet expresses their feelings.
Through poetry, we are able to see a distinct story line. It is captivating to see the difference in content during the prime of Song dynasty and the fall of the dynasty. In the early years of Song, men lyricists wrote about “women whose services might be sexual as well as artistic” (Owen, 559); like in the works of Ou-yang Jiong, Li Yu, and Yan Ji-dao in which they portrayed a feeling of longing towards. However, near the end of this chapter the content changes to political frustrations and recalling the memories from before.
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