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The Art of Chinese Poetry - James J.-Y. Liu

The Art of Chinese Poetry

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Published: 1st January 1962
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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"

Introduction
Acknowledgments
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
Antithesis
Epilogue
Note on Romanization
References
Index of Chinese Names and Book Titles
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780226486871
ISBN-10: 0226486877
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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