A Manifold Expectation of Poetry

  • Keping WangEmail author


The popularity of poetry was largely due to the fact that it would serve as a threefold form of social, aesthetic, and moral discourse. It is therefore assumed that Confucius’ curriculum for poetry education was generally grounded on the considerations of this trinity with regard to the principle of “gentle and kind” character building. The principle as such is closely related to the Confucian preoccupation with the formation of a gentleman as the ideal personality, the personality that is characterized with the well-balanced inner and outer development. In the final analysis, the underlying foundation of this ideal is determined by the Confucian philosophy of humanity or benevolence. Its ultimate objective is pointed either to the achievement of the ideal society that enjoys “good and efficient government and harmonious human relations” or to the capacity of “keeping the country at peace and its people at ease.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina

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