This publication is a set of translations of modern paintings by means of modern chinese language aestheticians. end result of the relative isolation of China until eventually lately, little is understood of this wealthy and ongoing aesthetics culture in China. even though the various articles are occupied with the conventional old chinese language theories of paintings and wonder, many are encouraged through Western aesthetics, together with Marxism, and all are fascinated about cross-cultural comparisons of chinese language and Western aesthetic traditions.
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It is highly questionable whether modem European Tragedy could have arisen if the Greeks had not written and handed down a venerable literary tradition. If we examine the reasons why Tragedy flourished only in Greece and not in other parts of the world, we shall fmd support for the view that the idea of Fate is essential both to the creation and to the appreciation of Tragedy. M. Camboulin in his Essai sur la fatalite dans le theatre grec has vigorously attacked the generally accepted view that the feeling of fatalism is prominent in Greek tragedies.
The Chien Chia reed is pale. Like frost is t11e white dew. The person I speak about Stands on the water's bank. Thereto I follow now. The way is blocked and far. Thereto I wander now. Like in the water's middle is he now. Space in Chinese painting is not of disquieting infinitude. Even t11e farthest mountains have a relined quality, stand as an ornament in space and convey a feeling t11at soothes.
They went into the mountains to achieve enlightenment but when they came out again they still continued in office, consumed wine and meat, and made love to their wives. The admirable part of Buddhism is in "not trusting to words, but understanding one's nature and achieving Buddhahood," whereas poetry in the end is simply another kind of worldly obstacle. Buddhism only broadened the aesthetic basis of Chinese poetry, not its philosophical basis. The philosophical basis of Chinese poetry is throughout confined to Confucianism and Taoism.