Sense of Material is an important category in the Chinese ancient literature theory. Since as early as pre - qin period, a ＂sense of material＂ sprout had occurred in the Book of Songs, which was expressed as a poet＇s random and non - purposeful attitude towards natural things, but not just ＂objects＂ would inevitably lead to some sort of inner feelings of people, not necessarily through some kind of ＂material＂ in the reach of eyes to compose inner feelings. ＂Material＂ and ＂emotion＂ do not necessarily have clear directional relations; however, they are unconsciously intermixed.
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