A Possible Reason for Li Shang-yin to Write Vague Poetry

Before  started the research this summer, Li Shang-yin to me was no more than a celebrated, talented and may be unfortunate poet. I loved reading his poetry, but I didn’t think too much about why he got so distinct writing styles, how those styles might be connected with his life experience, and why the poetry written during his late years are so vague.

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A student and a teacher

I spoke with a fellow teacher (who is currently a student at a Beijing Public School) at CMC about the government and the possibility of a Jasmine Revolution, and he had this to say:

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A student speaks his mind

I spoke with a man who is about the same age as I, 21, and who is currently attending college. He was currently on a summer vacation.

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A revolutionary perspective

I talked a lot with Yin Hui from Xi’an about China and the US, and I have an interesting opinion from him. He is certainly quite critical of the government. He does not attribute China’s great economic success to the CCP, but rather to new technology and farmers coming from the countryside to work. He says that, if anything, the government has gotten in the way of economic growth.

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A lot of hearsay, but an interesting point

Something interesting the woman I met at the Hostel in Nanjing said. Speaking about Xinjiang, she said she had asked a man in Kashgar whether he was angry that his old, cultural home was being knocked down and his being forced to live in a flat. He answered that no, he was okay with it because he was being paid to move.

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