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Issues Underpinning the Interpretation of the Book of Songs Beyond exegesis
|關鍵字:||詩經;訓詁;考據;解釋;思維;Book of Song;philology;textual||出版社:||臺中市：國立中興大學中國文學系||Project:||興大中文學報, Volume 37, Page(s) 1-29.||摘要:||
Philological study is the key to understanding the classics, and exact interpretation of texts is a prerequisite of grappling with the classics. Apart from exegesis based on scientific thinking and classical thinking grounded on extension of meaning, there are alternative patterns of interpretations worth in-depth probe. The paper is based on the traditional exegesis. In this paper we tackle issues latent in the interpretation of the Book of Song as a case study beyond the confines of exegesis along the line of seven facets: empathy and feeling, confusion and misunderstanding, intuition and imagination, passion and fantasy, object and metaphor, mutation and affinity. It aims at uncovering the features of traditional interpretation of the classics. Beauty and goodness are taken as a premise to tease out the poet's will. Poets express sentiments by means of a multitude of objects. The philologists intend poetic meaning to enlightenment. Fortuitous scientific examination of old annotations coupled with unbridled random criticism often leads to deviation from poetic intension. Exact exegesis is instrumental in deepening our understanding of poetic sense, and scientific strive for truth is good for rational understanding of the entities expressed in poetry. Nevertheless, classical studies and literature are different from science in nature. It is an unavoidable issue about the interpretation of expressions used in the Book of Song as to how to pool the concerted efforts of scientifically rational thinking, enlightenment of classics and appreciation of art in literature. The traits of interpretation of classics have become a main model in the hermeneutics in our nation. Therefore, the scrutiny of expressions in the Book of Song in an alternative mode of interpretation offers a valid perspective to appreciate the Chinese way of thinking.
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