Dream: One of the Important Driving Forces of Literary Creation Taking Ancient Chinese Poetry Creation as an Example

Chen Xue, Chin Mooi San


There are a large number of dream-related works in literary works. The research object of this study is poems that record the scene in a dream after waking up, works created in dreams, and works that use them to symbolize specific meanings in ancient Chinese poetry creation. The study aims to explore the relationship between dreams and literary creation. This study has a new perspective on motivation for literary creativity, disrupting previous studies from the literature itself to explore the relationship between dreams and literary creativity. The research puts forward the dream homology and literary creation drawn from real life and has similar emotions and common esthetic characteristics, which is the basis for dreams to become the driving force of literary creation. The research results show that the dream is one of the essential driving forces of literary creation because it not only provides inexhaustible material for literary creation but is also a critical inspiration for literary creating, and it is an essential method of creation or expression, which has a significant influence on literary criticism in ancient China.


Keywords: dream, ancient Chinese poetry, literary creation.


DOI: https://doi.org/10.55463/hkjss.issn.1021-3619.62.18

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