The Art of Chinese Poetry

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 15, 1966 - Literary Criticism - 164 pages
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
 

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Contents

THE STRUCTURE OF CHINESE CHARACTERS
3
IMPLICATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS OF WORDS AND CHARACTERS
8
AUDITORY EFFECTS OF CHINESE AND THE BASES OF VERSIFICATION
20
SOME GRAMMATICAL ASPECTS OF THE LANGUAGE OF POETRY
39
SOME CHINESE CONCEPTS AND WAYS OF THINKING AND FEELING
48
SOME TRADITIONAL CHINESE VIEWS ON POETRY
61
INTRODUCTORY
63
THE DIDACTIC VIEW POETRY AS MORAL INSTRUCTION AND SOCIAL COMMENT
65
TOWARDS A SYNTHESIS
89
POETRY AS EXPLORATION OF WORLDS AND OF LANGUAGE
91
IMAGERY AND SYMBOLISM
101
ALLUSIONS QUOTATIONS AND DERIVATIONS
131
ANTITHESIS
146
EPILOGUE
151
NOTE ON ROMANIZATION
156
REFERENCES
157

THE INDIVIDUALIST VIEW POETRY AS SELFEXPRESSION
70
THE TECHNICAL VIEW POETRY AS LITERARY EXERCISE
77
THE INTUITIONALIST VIEW POETRY AS CONTEMPLATION
81

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