19 min

Han Ancient-style Poetry: The “Nineteen Old Poems” - The Magic of One Additional Character and the Rise of Reflective Poetry How to Read Chinese Poetry Podcast

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After nearly one millennium since its birth, Chinese poetry achieved an optimal convergence of sound and sense in its pentasyllabic poems developed during the Eastern Han (25-220 CE).  Taking full advantage of an explosive rise of two-character compounds, the anonymous Han pentasyllabic poets created a poetic rhythm far more flexible and expressive than all existing rhythms and adapted it for philosophical reflection and emotional brooding on human transience.

Host: Zong-qi Cai, Lingnan University of Hong Kong; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

After nearly one millennium since its birth, Chinese poetry achieved an optimal convergence of sound and sense in its pentasyllabic poems developed during the Eastern Han (25-220 CE).  Taking full advantage of an explosive rise of two-character compounds, the anonymous Han pentasyllabic poets created a poetic rhythm far more flexible and expressive than all existing rhythms and adapted it for philosophical reflection and emotional brooding on human transience.

Host: Zong-qi Cai, Lingnan University of Hong Kong; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

19 min