PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2017, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (9): 1140-1148.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2017.09.010

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Temporal and spatial characteristics of emotion in Song Ci Poetry

Xidong CHEN1,2(), Lingxiao MAO1,3, Bingyin CHEN1,5, Tao PEI1,4,*(), Yu REN6   

  1. 1. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
    2. Institute of Remote Sensing Science and Digital Earth, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    3. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    4. State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Information System, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    5. Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, CAS, Urumqi 830011, China
    6. Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000, Henan, China
  • Online:2017-09-27 Published:2017-09-27
  • Contact: Tao PEI;
  • Supported by:
    National Science Found for Distinguished Young Scholars of China, No.41525004


Song Ci Poetry in which artistic conception is especially the soul is an important part of literary geography research. The artistic conception includes "meaning" and "environment". "Meaning" is the mood, while "environment" is the environmental or spatial and historical contexts involved in the words. Traditional studies on Song Ci Poetry often used qualitative analysis from the perspective of literary appreciation, which lacks quantitative research on the artistic conception of the Song Ci Poetry. This article establishes a spatiotemporal database by extracting and summarizing the time of writing, place of writing or place described, and emotional information of selected Song Ci Poetry. The dynamic changes of collective emotional characteristics of the poets in the Song Dynasty in time and space are investigated through cartography and spatial analysis, and the causes of these changes are excavated. This research suggests that: (1) the changes of the poets' collective emotion were basically consistent with the national development that varied with the general condition of the country; (2) the poets' emotion showed different spatial distributions in different time periods. The geographical environment and other factors caused the spatial differentiation of the sense of place. For the poets as a group in the Song Dynasty, the national emotion caused by historical events contributed to the formation of sense of place. In this article, we quantified the emotion of different poets and turned the study of individual's sense of place into a study of the literati community, and the personality at small scale had been translated into the sense of place among the literati community; it provides a new idea for aggregation across scales in the "genealogy tree" of cultural geography. At the same time, it provides a new reference for the quantitative study of the artistic conception of poetry in emotion geography.

Key words: Song Ci Poetry, cultural geography, literary geography, emotional information, sense of place