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Comparison of Poetry Images between Matsuo Basho's Haiku and Du Fu's Poems: Focusing on the Poetrys about Official Travel

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DOI: 10.25236/ILECL.2019.029


Zheng Qian

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Zheng Qian


"Travel poems" is a kind of poems created by poets during their travels far from home. This kind of poetry mainly expresses the poet's experience in the journey or the yearning for his hometown and relatives. At all times and in all over the world, many poets have created poems about travel. In China and Japan, many of Du Fu's and Matsuo Basho's works are created during the journey, and the contents of their poems are mostly seen and heard during the journey. Therefore, Du Fu and Matsuo Basho's works can be regarded as representatives of the detention poems of China and Japan. This paper focuses on Du Fu's and Matsuo Basho's detention poems, and analyses their traveling attitudes, descriptive imagery and artistic conception. By comparing their similarities and differences, this paper illustrates the relationship between Matsuo Basho's and Du Fu's poems, with a view to providing reference for the comparative analysis of Chinese and Japanese poems.


Matsuo Basho; Du Fu; Poetry imagery; Travel Poems