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The Lyrical Resonance Between Chinese Poets and Painters: The Tradition and Poetics o ...

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The Lyrical Resonance Between Chinese Poets and Painters:

Introduction

The beginning of hoary antiquity-
Who was there to tell and transmit it?

-Qu Yuan

Tracing the origin of tihuashi in his Shuoshi cuiyu (Collected remarks on poetry), the Qing scholar Shen Deqian (1673-1769) claimed that there was no practice of tihuashi until the Tang period (618-907), when the poet Du Fu (712-770) began to write it.1 Shen's claim remains controversial, as huaming and huazan written to complement palace and tomb murals existed as early as the Han period (206 BC-AD 220) or even earlier-when murals at imperial palaces, ancestral shrines, and tombs were inscribed with eulogistic writings on the side.2 According to the Jin shu (A history of the Jin dynasty), “a volume entitled Tushi [Poems for pictures] which belongs to the category of huazan,” was found among