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date: 18 November 2017

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Through a close reading of works by a number of different Hong Kong poets, this chapter analyzes how the poets construct an identity for themselves and their place by finding expression for their urban experience. The analysis focuses on North Point and Nathan Road—two of the busiest districts in Hong Kong—and their position within the poetic imagination. Paying particular attention to poetry’s sociohistorical function as a construction site of cultural memory, the discussion looks into the feeling of topophilia towards the places, as well as the sociocultural critique of the poems, which gives rise to an antithetical feeling of topophobia.

Keywords: Hong Kong, poetry, place, urban city

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