Observation of Postmodern Poetry in Taiwan:
Writings of Hsia Yu and the New Generation
This paper discusses the poetic language of the younger generation over the past ten years, in the wake of Hsia Yu. The paper reviews the postmodern discourse in Taiwanese poetry, such as the influential works of Meng Fan and Chien Chengchen, with a specific focus on the language used. The poets discussed were all born in the 1970s, such as Yeh Mimi, Liu Liangyen, Yu Kuo, Lo Yichun, and Liao Meihsuan. Based on their use of language and innovations, some of them were affected by Hsia Yu, while others were influenced by other writers and ideas. The social and culture messages in these works are revealed by their innovative use of language. The poetry and the editorial philosophy of Hsia Yu lead to a new scene of postmodern poetry, such as the works Pink Noise and Poetry Now. This essay also attempts to discuss how it tries to make an innovative theory on Taiwanese poetry, more than its basic sources both from classical Chinese poetics and modern western theories, in particular post-modernism.
Keywords: postmodern poetry, Hsia Yu, Liu Liangyen, Yu Kuo, Lo Yichun