Comparative Study of Poems by Meng Jiao and Jia Dao
LI Jun (Editorial Dept. of Journal of Yancheng Institute of Technology, Yancheng 224003)
Meng Jiao and Jia Dao are both famous poets in the middle of the Tang Dynasty. They have the same life experience and circumstances, and what's more their styles are similar. Both have a far-reaching influence on poem creation of later poets. That's why many critics mention them in the same breath. Actually there are also many differences between the two poets. As to forms of poetry, Meng is good at Yuefu-style poems while Jia at Jinti-style poems. The former writes for life, but the latter for art. Meng blames the dark society and miserable life at that times, but Jia appreciates the life and expresses his appreciation in his poems. And their style have their own personal characteristics: one is peculiar and eccentric, the other is clear and exquisite.