Transcendence in Xi Kang’s Poetry

Xin Yang

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    This paper examines Xi Kang’s poetry, notably his works on “roaming intro transcendence” (Youxian shi 遊仙詩), revealing their religious dimensions as also entangled worldly aspect. I argue that any content referring to transcendence or
    immortality should be understood in an actively religious context, and that Xi
    Kang’s religious activities and creations also serve temporal functions. This
    mixed feature opens a path toward an empathetic understanding of early medieval
    literati like Xi Kang and may even establish an enduring pattern among premodern
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)57-80
    Number of pages24
    JournalJournal of Daoist Studies
    Issue number16
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2023


    • poems on roaming
    • Daoist literature
    • Xi Kang


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