The Magic Cube of Ancient Chinese Poetry A Linguistic Perspective
This book focuses on the linguistic perspective of classical Chinese poetry and its changes and development in diff erent historical periods. It off ers a combination of theoretical analysis and aesthetic appreciation of exemplary poems.
The author discusses the following aspects of classical Chinese poetry: the relationships between background and meaning in the interpretation of a poem; how readers can deal with the tangle of linguistic approach and intuitive perception in interpreting poems; the engagement and disengagement of the poet’s thought fl ow with and from the word order of the verse; the tonal and metrical schemes; and the three special features of classical Chinese poetry: the signifi cance and role of allusions, “Xu Zi”, and “Shi Yan”. Last, the author analyses the development of Chinese poetry from the Vernacular Song Dynasty Style to the Vernacular Modern Style.
It will be a great read for students and scholars of East Asian studies, Chinese studies, linguistics, and those interested in Chinese poetry in general. The book aims to lead readers to discover a fresh and amazing world of classical Chinese poetry, a fantastic panoramic picture of its beauty and charm, and a poetic feast that the reader may not otherwise be privileged to enjoy.
1. Background and Meaning: A retrospect on the tradition of interpretation of poetry in ancient China 2. Linguistic Approach and Intuitive Perception: A tangle that ancient Chinese poetry critics had to unravel 3. Thought Flow and Word Order: Seeming disengagement of thinking from verse 4. Tonal and Metrical Schemes: A analysis of the patterns of ancient Chinese poetry 5. Allusion: One special aspect of ancient Chinese poetry 6. "Xu Zi" words or phrases: A second special aspect of ancient Chinese poetry 7. Shi Yan: A third special aspect of ancient Chinese poetry 8. Development of the Chinese Poetry from the Vernacular Song Dynasty Style to the Vernacular Modern Style