BiografieChen Jun (陈均) specializes in Kun Opera, a form of theatre in the 16th-18th century in central China. Born in Hubei, Chen Jun received a PhD in literature from Beijing University, and currently teaches art history there. He has published one novel, two collections of poetry and two of essays.
In a nutshell: after Hu Shi started New Poetry in 1917 under the influence of Anglophone poetry, Chinese modernism evolved further, encouraged in the 1930s by student-poets who returned to China from France, the United Kingdom and the US. When the mainstream moved to southwest China during the Sino-Japanese War, a small group of poets remained in Beijing and formed a circle named after Fei Ming (1901-1967), who was born in Hubei but became father of Beijing literature. They rejected Western influence but took the late Tang and Song poetry (900-1270 CE) as their models and developed a new free verse.
Zhu Yingdan was one of these poets and carried on this “Chineseness” in his poetry even during the 1970s,when the mainstream then was Mao’s style or party-singing propaganda while on the avant garde side was Western-indulged Misty poetry led by Bei Dao. Chen Jun was one of the new avant garde generation in the 1990s but became part of a “post garde minority” in the 21st century, marked by a strong flavor of 'antiquity' - free verse with traditional diction mixed with contemporary or timeless imagery.
© Ming DiChen Jun is featured in Poets from the Land of Chu
Letter from Beijing 3: How would Li Bai Write Today?
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