Yuan You

"Yuanyou" or Far-off Journey (Pinyin: Yuǎnyóu; Far Roaming) is a short work anthologized in the Chuci (楚辭 Songs of Chu, sometimes called The Songs of the South).wikipedia
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Chu Ci

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"Yuanyou" or Far-off Journey (Pinyin: Yuǎnyóu; Far Roaming) is a short work anthologized in the Chuci (楚辭 Songs of Chu, sometimes called The Songs of the South).
According to Wang Yi of the Eastern Han dynasty, a total of 25 works can be attributed to Qu Yuan: Li Sao, Jiu Ge (consisting of 11 pieces), Heavenly Questions (Tian Wen), Jiu Zhang (all 9 pieces), Yuan You, Pu Ju, and Yu Fu.

Liu An

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Traditionally attributed to Qu Yuan, there is little likelihood that he is the actual author, and the imagery of the cosmos and of the beings and deities encountered during this vast trip are rather typical of the literary circle around the Han Dynasty Prince of Huainan, Liu An, according to David Hawkes.
The poem "Zhao yin shi" (Summons for a Recluse") is attributed to him and "Yuan You" ("Far-off Journey") shows many similarities to the work of the literary circle around Liu An.

Yu Shi

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Various references in poetry and popular culture also exist, for example in the Chu ci poem "Yuan You".

Pinyin

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"Yuanyou" or Far-off Journey (Pinyin: Yuǎnyóu; Far Roaming) is a short work anthologized in the Chuci (楚辭 Songs of Chu, sometimes called The Songs of the South).

Conceit

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"Yuanyou" is a poetic conceit involving a shamanic/Daoist flight to various places on earth and in heaven.

Qu Yuan

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Traditionally attributed to Qu Yuan, there is little likelihood that he is the actual author, and the imagery of the cosmos and of the beings and deities encountered during this vast trip are rather typical of the literary circle around the Han Dynasty Prince of Huainan, Liu An, according to David Hawkes.

Han dynasty

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Traditionally attributed to Qu Yuan, there is little likelihood that he is the actual author, and the imagery of the cosmos and of the beings and deities encountered during this vast trip are rather typical of the literary circle around the Han Dynasty Prince of Huainan, Liu An, according to David Hawkes.

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Huainan

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List of Chu Ci contents

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Xian (Taoism)

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The "Yuan You" (遠遊 "Far-off Journey") poem describes a spiritual journey into the realms of gods and immortals, frequently referring to Daoist myths and techniques.

David Hawkes (sinologist)

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*Hawkes, David, translator and introduction (2011 [1985]).

Zhenren

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Yuan you "Far-off journey" contrasts it with xian.

Zhen'gao

Chinese shamanic spirit journeys are a key literary device in both Zhen'gao poems and earlier Chuci (Songs of Chu) poems such as Li Sao (Encountering Sorrow), Yuan You (Far-off Journey), Jiu Ge (Nine Songs), and Jiu Bian (Nine Changes).

Wu (shaman)

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"Yuan You", literally "The Far-off Journey" features shamanic spirit flight as a literary device, as does Jiu Bian, as part of its climactic ending.