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How to read Chinese poetry : a guided anthology / edited by Zong-qi Cai.

Contributor(s): Cai, Zong-qi, 1955-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c2008Description: xxii, 426 p. ; 29 cm.ISBN: 9780231139403 (cloth : alk. paper); 0231139403 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780231511889 (electronic); 0231511884 (electronic); 9780231139410 (paper : alk. paper); 0231139411 (paper : alk. paper).Subject(s): Chinese poetry -- History and criticism | Chinese poetry -- Translations into EnglishDDC classification: 895.1/1009
Contents:
Thematic contents -- A note on how to use this anthology -- Major Chinese dynasties -- List of symbols -- Introduction: Major aspects of Chinese poetry / Zong-qi Cai -- pt. 1. Pre-Qin times. Tetrasyllabic Shi poetry: The book of poetry (Shijing) / William H. Nienhauser, Jr. ; Sao poetry: The lyrics of Chu (Chuci) / Fusheng Wu -- pt. 2. The Han dynasty. Fu poetry: an ancient-style rhapsody (Gufu) / David R. Knechtges ; Shi poetry: Music Bureau poems (Yuefu) / Jui-lung Su ; Pentasyllabic Shi poetry: The "nineteen old poems" / Zong-qi Cai -- pt. 3. The six dynasties. Pentasyllabic Shi poetry: Landscape and farmstead poems / Wendy Stewart ; Pentasyllabic Shi poetry: new topics / Xiaofei Tian -- pt. 4. The Tang dynasty. Recent-style Shi poetry: Pentasyllabic regulated verse (Wuyan lüshi) / Zong-qi Cai ; Recent-style Shi poetry: Heptasyllabic regulated verse (Qiyan lüshi) / Robert Ashmore ; Recent-style Shi poetry: Quatrains (Jueju) / Charles Egan ; Ancient-style Shi poetry: Continuation and changes / Paula Varsano -- pt. 5. The five dynasties and the Song dynasty. Ci poetry: Short Song lyrics (Xiaoling) / Maija Bell Samei ; Ci poetry: Long Song lyrics (Manci) / Xinda Lian ; Ci poetry: Long Song lyrics on objects (Yongwu ci) ; Shi poetry: Ancient and recent styles -- pt. 6. The Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. Qu poetry: Song poems (Sanqu) of the Yuan dynasty / Xinda Lian ; Shi poetry of the Ming and Qing dynasties / Grace S. Fong ; A synthesis rhythm, syntax, and vision of Chinese poetry / Zong-qi Cai -- Phonetic transcriptions of entering-tone characters -- Abbreviations of primary texts.
Summary: In this "guided" anthology, experts lead students through the major genres and eras of Chinese poetry from antiquity to the modern time. The volume is divided into 6 chronological sections and features more than 140 examples of the best shi, sao, fu, ci, and qu poems. A comprehensive introduction and extensive thematic table of contents highlight the thematic, formal, and prosodic features of Chinese poetry, and each chapter is written by a scholar who specializes in a particular period or genre. Poems are presented in Chinese and English and are accompanied by a tone-marked romanized version, an explanation of Chinese linguistic and poetic conventions, and recommended reading strategies. Sound recordings of the poems are available online free of charge. These unique features facilitate an intense engagement with Chinese poetical texts and help the reader derive aesthetic pleasure and insight from these works as one could from the original.
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Poems in Chinese and English.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Thematic contents -- A note on how to use this anthology -- Major Chinese dynasties -- List of symbols -- Introduction: Major aspects of Chinese poetry / Zong-qi Cai -- pt. 1. Pre-Qin times. Tetrasyllabic Shi poetry: The book of poetry (Shijing) / William H. Nienhauser, Jr. ; Sao poetry: The lyrics of Chu (Chuci) / Fusheng Wu -- pt. 2. The Han dynasty. Fu poetry: an ancient-style rhapsody (Gufu) / David R. Knechtges ; Shi poetry: Music Bureau poems (Yuefu) / Jui-lung Su ; Pentasyllabic Shi poetry: The "nineteen old poems" / Zong-qi Cai -- pt. 3. The six dynasties. Pentasyllabic Shi poetry: Landscape and farmstead poems / Wendy Stewart ; Pentasyllabic Shi poetry: new topics / Xiaofei Tian -- pt. 4. The Tang dynasty. Recent-style Shi poetry: Pentasyllabic regulated verse (Wuyan lüshi) / Zong-qi Cai ; Recent-style Shi poetry: Heptasyllabic regulated verse (Qiyan lüshi) / Robert Ashmore ; Recent-style Shi poetry: Quatrains (Jueju) / Charles Egan ; Ancient-style Shi poetry: Continuation and changes / Paula Varsano -- pt. 5. The five dynasties and the Song dynasty. Ci poetry: Short Song lyrics (Xiaoling) / Maija Bell Samei ; Ci poetry: Long Song lyrics (Manci) / Xinda Lian ; Ci poetry: Long Song lyrics on objects (Yongwu ci) ; Shi poetry: Ancient and recent styles -- pt. 6. The Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. Qu poetry: Song poems (Sanqu) of the Yuan dynasty / Xinda Lian ; Shi poetry of the Ming and Qing dynasties / Grace S. Fong ; A synthesis rhythm, syntax, and vision of Chinese poetry / Zong-qi Cai -- Phonetic transcriptions of entering-tone characters -- Abbreviations of primary texts.

In this "guided" anthology, experts lead students through the major genres and eras of Chinese poetry from antiquity to the modern time. The volume is divided into 6 chronological sections and features more than 140 examples of the best shi, sao, fu, ci, and qu poems. A comprehensive introduction and extensive thematic table of contents highlight the thematic, formal, and prosodic features of Chinese poetry, and each chapter is written by a scholar who specializes in a particular period or genre. Poems are presented in Chinese and English and are accompanied by a tone-marked romanized version, an explanation of Chinese linguistic and poetic conventions, and recommended reading strategies. Sound recordings of the poems are available online free of charge. These unique features facilitate an intense engagement with Chinese poetical texts and help the reader derive aesthetic pleasure and insight from these works as one could from the original.

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Zong-qi Cai is professor of Chinese and comparative literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of The Matrix of Lyric Transformation: Poetic Modes and Self-Presentation in Early Chinese Pentasyllabic Poetry (Michigan, 1996) and Configurations of Comparative Poetics: Three Perspectives on Western and Chinese Literary Criticism (Hawai'i, 2002), and is the editor of A Chinese Literary Mind: Culture, Creativity, and Rhetoric in Wenxin dialong (Stanford, 2001) and Chinese Aesthetics: The Ordering of Literature, the Arts, and the Universe in the Six Dynasties (Hawai'i, 2004).

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