Beauty but not obscenity - Aromatic depictions in the poetry of the Sheng Tang Dynasty


  • Anran Dong



Sheng Tang poetry; fragrance; Sheng Tang meteorology; zeitgeist.


The depiction of eroticism in poetry has a long history, and that of the Shengtang poetry is particularly unique, as it is both extremely beautiful and unconventional, and is not obscene even when scrutinised by men. This article first reviews the origins of the depiction of eroticism and its evolution through the ages, and explores its deeper meaning and artistic potential. By comparing the depictions of fragrance in the poetry of the Sheng Tang and the previous dynasties, it analyses the desire for life and the characteristics of health and youth in the poetry of the Sheng Tang, and explores the unique context of the times that gave rise to this artistic feature. By studying the aesthetic attitudes of the poets of the Sheng Tang period towards the beauty of fragrance and lust, we try to explore and develop a contemporary positive and healthy aesthetic.


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How to Cite

Dong, A. (2024). Beauty but not obscenity - Aromatic depictions in the poetry of the Sheng Tang Dynasty. Journal of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, 34, 127-137.