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Art of Chinese Poetry

Art of Chinese Poetry - 62 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226486871

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ISBN13: 978-0226486871
ISBN10: 0226486877
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Edition/Copyright: 62
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 1962
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Art of Chinese Poetry - 62 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226486871

James J. Liu

ISBN13: 978-0226486871
ISBN10: 0226486877
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 62
Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Published: 1962
International: No
Summary

This concise introduction to Chinese poetry serves as a primer for English-speakers eager to expand their understanding and enjoyment of Chinese culture. James J. Y. Liu first examines the Chinese language as a medium of poetic expression and, contrary to the usual focus on the visual qualities of Chinese script, emphasizes the auditory effects of Chinese verse. He provides a succinct survey of Chinese poetry theory and concludes with his own view of poetry, based upon traditional Chinese concepts. ''[This] books should be read by all those interested in Chinese poetry.''--Achilles Fang, Poetry ''[This is] a significant contribution to the understanding and appreciation of Chinese poetry, lucidly presented in a way that will attract a wide audience, and offering an original synthesis of Chinese and Western views that will stimulate and inspire students of poetry everywhere.''--Hans H. Frankel, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies ''This is a book which can be recommended without reservation to anyone who wants to explore the world of Chinese poetry in translation.''--James R. Hightower, Journal of Asian Studies

Table of Contents

IntroductionAcknowledgments

Part I. The Chinese Language as a Medium of Poetic Expression1. The Structure of Chinese Characters2. Implications and Associations of Words and Characters3. Auditory Effects of Chinese and the Bases of Versification4. Some Grammatical Aspects of the Language of Poetry5. Some Chinese Concepts and Ways of Thinking and Feeling

Part II. Some Traditional Chinese Views of Poetry1. The Didactic View: Poetry as Moral Instruction and Social Comment2. The Individualist View: Poetry as Self-Expression3. The Technical View: Poetry as Literary Exercise4. The Intuitionalist View: Poetry as Contemplation

Part III. Towards a Synthesis1. Poetry as Exploration of Worlds and of Language2. Imagery and Symbolism3. Allusions, Quotations, and Derivations4. AntithesisEpilogueNote on RomanizationReferencesIndex of Chinese Names and Book Titles

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