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| Ch: Guiqulai. Homecoming Ode by the Jin dynasty
poet Tao Yuanming (Jp: *Tou Enmei 陶淵明; 365-427)
which became a painting subject. The poem, sometimes given the title in translation
Home Again, was composed in 405 when Tao Yuanming resigned his official post
in Pengze (Jp: Houtaku 彭澤) and returned to his native rural village of Xunyang (Jp: Jinyou 潯陽). The ode praises
the merits of simple life in the countryside, away from the temptations of the
material world and was considered by later generations to be a summation of the
ideals of the recluse. Tao Yuanming came to be regarded as the quintessential
poet-recluse. The ode was extremely popular in China and was represented countless
times. In Japan, the poem was a popular theme both for painters and calligraphers.
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