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  Chinese Poetry Literature
The yue fu began to develop into shi or classical poetry- the form which was to dominate Chinese poetry until the modern era.
The Tang Dynasty was a period of great radiance in literary creation and was especially noted for poetry writing, for which it has been dubbed the golden age of poetry, a predominant genre among all literary forms popular with both the rulers and the populace for about 300 years.
Firstly, Chinese literary culture remained in awe of its predecessors: in a self-fulfilling prophecy, writers and readers both expected that new works would not bear comparison with the earlier masters.
www.china-guide.com /culture/poetry.html   (1157 words)

  
 Chinese Culture - Calligraphy, Music and Poetry
Non-depictional and just fl and white, line and space, chinese caligraphy is startilingly beautiful in its simplicity yet enables a very wide range of expression and takes many years to master.
An interesting variant on the flute is made of clay and is a rounded pot with a number of holes and a spout to blow into.
Chinese poetry has been influenced by the spiritual traditions of Buddhism and Taoism.
www.kinabaloo.com /chinese_culture_6.html   (411 words)

  
  chinese poetry and du fu
Chinese is a compact but allusive language, and its poetry employs devices every bit as complex as European: metre, rhyme, allusion, imagery, etc. Classical Chinese poetry is emphatically not written as "free verse", and in fact has demanding rules and traditions of its own.
Chinese poetry often attempts to express what cannot really be said.
Extended verse narratives or dramas are rare, and the Chinese conceive poetry as a distillation of allusions to contemporary life and past literature.
www.poetry-portal.com /poets7.html   (440 words)

  
  Chinese Literature
Chinese literature may be divided into three major historical periods that roughly correspond to those of Western literary history: the classical period, from the 6th century BC through the 2nd century AD; the medieval period, from the 3rd century to the late 12th century; and the modern period, from the 13th century to the present.
Stimulated by the literature of the West, Chinese writers, led by Hu Shih, started a literary revolution known as the Chinese Renaissance in an attempt to urge the written use of colloquial language and to heighten its status as a means of scholarly expression.
During the first half of the 20th century Chinese writers used literature as a mirror to reflect the seamy side of life, as a weapon to combat the evils of society, and as a form of propaganda to spread the message of class struggle.
www.ron-turner.com /chineseliterature.html   (2627 words)

  
 Ernest Fenollosa, Ezra Pound, Chinese
The complete Chinese poem of twenty syllables will be reproduced later, when it will be found that eleven of the twenty are defined as nouns, three as adjectives, two as copulative variants, one as intransitive verb, two as of doubtful classification, and only one, 'admire', as a transitive verb with fairly low dynamics.
Then the notion that Chinese poetry is overloaded with strong transitive verbs, and that its translation requires use of strong transitive verbs, is, to put it mildly, shot to hell.
The Chinese unit of writing is a "graph" or "character." In printed texts all characters occupy equal space and appear equally independent, though they vary greatly in complexity from a single stroke to a conglomeration of thirty or more.
www.pinyin.info /readings/texts/ezra_pound_chinese.html   (4983 words)

  
 An introduction to Chinese literature
Chinese poetry was further enriched by the folk songs collected by the Music Bureau (Yuefu, or Yeh-fu), an institution founded about the 2nd century BC.
The greatest Chinese poetry was created during the Tang (Tang) dynasty (618-907), a period of general peace and prosperity ending in a decline.
Stimulated by the literature of the West, Chinese writers, led by Hu Shi, started a literary revolution known as the Chinese Renaissance in an attempt to urge the written use of colloquial language and to heighten its status as a means of scholarly expression.
www.china-on-site.com /literatu/intro.htm   (2750 words)

  
 Du Fu and Chinese poetry.
Chinese is a compact but allusive language, and its poetry employs devices every bit as complex as European: metre, rhyme, allusion, imagery, etc. Classical Chinese poetry is emphatically not written as "free verse", and in fact has demanding rules and traditions of its own.
Chinese poetry often attempts to express what cannot really be said.
Extended verse narratives or dramas are rare, and the Chinese conceive poetry as a distillation of allusions to contemporary life and past literature.
www.poetrymagic.co.uk /poets/dufu.html   (571 words)

  
 Chinese Poetry - Learn Chinese Poems
Chinese poetry can be divided into three main periods: the early period, characterised by folk songs in simple, repetitive forms; the classical period from the Han Dynasty to the fall of the Qing Dynasty, in which a number of different forms were developed; and the modern period of Westernised free verse.
From the second century AD, the yue fu began to develop into shi or classical poetry- the form which was to dominate Chinese poetry until the modern era.
Poetry was revolutionized after the May Fourth Movement when writers try to use vernacular styles closer to what was being spoken rather than previously prescribed forms.
www.chinese-tools.com /chinese/poetry   (864 words)

  
 Chinese literature, Chinese culture, Chinese writers, Renditions paperback series, novels, fiction, poetry
He has been hailed as a Chinese Faulkner and a magic realist in the tradition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, but his stories also draw deeply on Chinese tradition and culture as well as on his own experience of the harsh life of China's countryside and his time as a PLA soldier.
Appointed editor of Peolpe's Literature, the journal of the Chinese Writers' Association, in 1986, he was dismissed in 1990 due to his role as a sympathetic observer of the 1989 protests.
A highly commended anthology of classical Chinese poetry which includes verse translations of 121 poems ranging from the Zhou (11th century BC) to the Qing dynasties.
www.renditions.org /renditions/paperbacks   (3024 words)

  
 Poetry International Web - China
Born in 1963 to a Han mother and a Miao (also known as Hmong) father in Pengshui county, Sichuan (now Chongqing), his mixed ethnic identity and rural home deeply shaped his view of the world and language.
As an outsider to mainstream Chinese culture, he was motivated from an early age to pursue a poetics of difference and, after the excesses of the Cultural Revolution, he was determined to break with the usual strictures of society.
To his parents’ dismay (both were teachers), he did not take the entrance exams for university and instead joined the local arts troupe as an erhu player (the erhu is a string instrument played with a bow).
china.poetryinternational.org   (236 words)

  
 Subversive Empathy: MariĆ  Manent in Exile in the Land of Chinese Poetry
Manent’s new commentary on the nature of Chinese poetry now concentrates itself entirely on the subject of war and the role of the poet in a world shattered by war.
All of the examples of Chinese poetry that Manent cites in the Pòrtic have to do with war, and with the impotence of the individual, especially of the poet, trapped by the circumstances of war.
The history of Chinese poetry is the history of literati who were civil servants, transferred constantly from one place to another, deliberately far from their homes and families (as part of a policy to avoid corruption), and also by the whims of the governing powers, by war and by rebellion.
www.uoc.edu /humfil/1939/golden2.html   (1921 words)

  
 Chinese Poetry: The Complete Works of Tao Yuanming
Talented in various genres of prose and poetry, he described in his writings the natural beauty and his rustic life, permeated with his antipathy for the privileged and his aloofness in the status quo.
He was a precursor of a type of pastoral landscape poetry known as tianyuan shi, and favored themes such as drinking and rustic life.
The Tang poetry was under the direct influence of Tao Yuanming, especially the landscape poems and pastoral poems by Wang Wei, Meng Haoran, Chu Guangxi, Wei Yingwu and Liu Zongyuan.
www.abc-chinese.com /poems.htm   (1405 words)

  
 Exploring Chinese History :: Culture :: Chinese Literature :: Classical Literature
The Shijing (Classic of Poetry) is made up of 305 poems divided into 160 folk songs; 74 minor festal songs, traditionally sung at court festivities; 31 major festal songs, sung at more solemn court ceremonies; and 40 hymns and eulogies, sung at sacrifices to gods and ancestral spirits of the royal house.
Li Bai was known for the romanticism of his poetry; Du Fu was seen as a Confucian moralist with a strict sense of duty toward society.
Subsequent writers of classical poetry lived under the shadow of their great Tang predecessors, and although there were many fine poets in subsequent dynasties, none reached the level of this period.
www.ibiblio.org /chinesehistory/contents/02cul/c02s01.html   (1089 words)

  
 Classical Chinese Poetry   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The earliest Chinese poetry begins with the Shih Ching, a collection of 305 poems of varying length, drawn from all ranks of Chinese society.
Chinese culture, influenced by the anonymity of the Shih Ching, had a tendency to think of poems as something written by common humanity for the eyes of other humans.
Confucius stated that this xing is the purpose of poetry, that the point of a poem was to make the mind contemplate its subject deeply.
web.cn.edu /kwheeler/chinese_poetry.html   (1015 words)

  
 Wang Wei and Chinese Poetry.
An enormous quantity of poetry was written throughout the Tang period, and its greatest exponents illustrate the three fundamental strands of Chinese thought: Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.
Chinese poetry differs particularly in its writing system, use of tones and tone patterns, etymology, concision (no conjunctions, articles or plurals) fluid relationship between nouns and verbs, free word order, and allusion to previous events or poems (often hundreds of years in the past).
Also different are the rules and conventions of Chinese poetry that necessarily exploit the features of Chinese, which raises the bar further.
www.poetrymagic.co.uk /poets/wang.html   (970 words)

  
 maghie van crevel contemporary chinese poetry scene
In a brief speech, she was the first to take an apologetic stance on behalf of poetry, speaking of her gratitude to an enthusiastic audience of 80-100 people who had "still come to listen to poetry in this day and age".
For, as earlier argued, other than finding fault with poetry for low social visibility, it would be hard to pinpoint its "failure", its "being on the wane" or a "crisis" in, shall we say, textual matters.
Apologies for poetry are something of a genre in themselves, and there's no greater or lesser need for them in present-day China than anywhere or anywhen else.
mclc.osu.edu /rc/pubs/vancrevel.html   (2849 words)

  
 OUT OF THE HOWLING STORM
However, I was lucky enough to tap into the underground poetry scene early in my stay, and soon I found pebbles being tossed at my windows by eager young poets who had climbed the walls to share their work with me and to comb through my rock and roll tapes.
In the essay Barnstone argues for the influence of Western modernism on the new Chinese poetry in part because it was already present in pre-liberation Chinese literature, and in part because traditional Chinese poetry at one time affected Western modernism (see Pound and Hulme); his logic here is sound....
Barnstone's evoking of Hemingway in regard to current Chinese poetry is for me more interesting [than his comparison of Misty poetry with individual modernist poets].
web.whittier.edu /barnstone/OUTOFTHEHOWLINGSTORM.HTM   (1063 words)

  
 Chinese Perspective on poetry of Hopkins
Poetry about Nature has ever been an important subject of literature in China, a country with vast land and so many places famous for their scenery.
This has ever been a theme in Chinese poetry, as in Looking at the Spring in Lingling Country by Liu Zongyuan (773 - 819) Tang Dynasty:Compared with Hopkins's Spring, the similarity of the two poems in the first half is obvious, that is, both are describing the beauty of spring.
In his writing of poetry, he was never satisfied with the generally acknowledged rules, but did his best to make something new.
www.gerardmanleyhopkins.org /lectures_2001/chinese.html   (2404 words)

  
 Wai-lim Yip: Chinese Poetry
Wai-lim Yip is Chinese poetry’s equivalent of the period instrument zealots of classical music.
Yip’s argument is essentially that Chinese poetry is characterised by the juxtaposition of images; that the relationships between these images are the more expressive for being left unsaid; and that when they are spelt out by the insertion by translators of prepositions, conjunctions and pronouns, the productive ambiguity of these relationships is lost.
Besides the importance for linguists, those inspired by ancient texts, translators, students of comparative religion and traditional chinese medicine, the breakthough in the realm of poetry is attempted with a boldness that affirms the host cultural fabric as enlivened by the members of the historical community.
www.chinese-poems.com /yip.html   (798 words)

  
 Chinese
Chinese Legend of White Snake.-Chinese love story of man and white snake for Chinese Year of White Snake 2001.
Poetry Magazine: Billy Collins.-Text of the author's poem: Reading an Anthology of Chinese Poems of the Sung Dynasty,I Pause To Admire the Length and Clarity of Their Titles.
Chinese Paper-cutting.-An introduction to the technique, its history and regional variations.
www.hfac.uh.edu /mcl/www/chinese.html   (909 words)

  
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Illustrated with a rich array of poetic gems and full of humor and insightful observations, these lectures will long remain an invaluable introduction to the understanding and appreciation of Chinese poetry, from the origins down to the early 20th century.
A psychologist in training, a serious student of linguistics and one of the pioneers of New Poetry in China with three published volumes of verse to his name, Professor Lu Zhiwei was more than well-qualified to give a competent interpretation of Chinese poetry, classic and modern alike.
His knowledge and experience as a psychologist, linguist and practitioner of the art of poetry are in evidence throughout these informative and stimulating lectures.
china.kulichki.com /poetry/1000Poets/LuZhiweiLecture/LuZhiwei.shtml   (213 words)

  
 Virtual Foreign Language Classroom: Chinese Language & Culture
Chinese is also spoken by large emigrant communities, such as those in Southeast Asia, North and South America, and the Hawaiian Islands.
The Chinese call their country Zhongguo, which means "Central Country" or "Middle Kingdom." The name China was given to it by foreigners and is probably based on a corruption of Qin (pronounced "chin"), a Chinese dynasty that ruled during the 3rd century BC.
Chinese Language Teachers Association, Inc. (CLTA)) is a professional organization devoted exclusively to the study of Chinese language, culture and pedagogy.
www.nvcc.edu /vflc/chinese.htm   (1222 words)

  
 Chinese Poetry
Chinese poets and artists concentrate heavily on the beauties of nature, but ordinary life went on in the T'ang Dynasty as in most places and times.
At least a number of Chinese women were able to articulate their plight in poems that came to be considered classics.
Despite the fact that Chinese civilization has not generally provided much freedom or status for women, clearly many men loved their wives dearly, for they said so in poems like this lament of a bereaved husband.
www.wsu.edu:8080 /~wldciv/world_civ_reader/world_civ_reader_1/chinese_poetry.html   (851 words)

  
 Great Reads - Poetry   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Stonehouse is the English translated name of the Chinese Ch’an (Zen) poet and hermit who retired early from being abbot at a temple (he pleaded old age) so he could return to his beloved mountain retreat and live a peaceful, reflective life in nature.
A collection of some of the earliest Chinese Buddhist writing, some of them found scrawled on boulders in the wilderness, it became an important influence on later Zen literature, and is one of the classics in Chinese poetry generally.
This is poetry of solitude, drawing on the lush poetic heritage of Zen and Taoism.
www.yakrider.com /Resources/books/books_poetry.htm   (1284 words)

  
 Contemporary Chinese Poetry Portfolio
Yang Jian was born in 1967 in An Hui province.
He is the head of the Chinese program in the Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation at the Monterey Institute of International Studies as well as the president of the American Literary Translators Association.
She is the author of five chapbooks of poetry, Dearly, (a+bend, 1999), Cartographies of Error (Leroy, 1999), The Adventures of Yaya and Grace (PotesPoets, 1999), 2 (1x1)Portraits (Baksun, 1998) and Dearly, 3,4,6 (Duration Press, 2005).
www.fascicle.com /issue02/chinese/titlepage.htm   (2448 words)

  
 Exploring Chinese History :: Culture :: Chinese Literature :: Poetry
Chinese poetry can be divided into three main periods: the early period, characterized by folk songs in simple, repetitive forms; the classical period from the Han dynasty to the fall of the Qing dynasty, in which a number of different forms were developed; and the modern period of Westernized free verse.
A second, more lyrical and romantic anthology was the Chu Ci (楚辭; Songs of Chu), made up primarily of poems ascribed to the semilegendary Qu Yuan (c.
From the second century CE, the yue fu began to develop into shi or classical poetry- the form which was to dominate Chinese poetry until the modern era.
www.ibiblio.org /chinesehistory/contents/02cul/c02s03.html   (785 words)

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