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"
|The Chinese Language as a Medium of Poetic Expression|
|The Structure of Chinese Characters|
|Implications and Associations of Words and Characters|
|Auditory Effects of Chinese and the Bases of Versification|
|Some Grammatical Aspects of the Language of Poetry|
|Some Chinese Concepts and Ways of Thinking and Feeling|
|Some Traditional Chinese Views of Poetry|
|The Didactic View: Poetry as Moral Instruction and Social Comment|
|The Individualist View: Poetry as Self-Expression|
|The Technical View: Poetry as Literary Exercise|
|The Intuitionalist View: Poetry as Contemplation|
|Towards a Synthesis|
|Poetry as Exploration of Worlds and of Language|
|Imagery and Symbolism|
|Allusions, Quotations, and Derivations|
|Note on Romanization|
|Index of Chinese Names and Book Titles|
|Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.|
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st January 1962
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.1 x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 74