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CHNS3647: Classical Chinese Poetry

Classical Chinese poetry is defined as verse composed in various forms and genres developed in pre-modern China. Most of these traditional forms and genres are still in wide use in contemporary China and within Chinese communities all over the world. This unit of study offers an introduction to classical Chinese poetry from its beginnings to the Song dynasty with focus on selected topics within this rich tradition. This unit assumes a basic grounding in Classical Chinese.

Code CHNS3647
Academic unit Chinese Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in Chinese Studies or CHNS3000 or CHNS3601
CHNS3441 or CHNS3541

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand basic interpretive theories and principles of appreciating Chinese poetry.
  • LO2. analyse formal features and prosodic rules of Chinese verse as factors in aesthetic evaluation.
  • LO3. recognise standard figurative and evocative uses of language, especially allusion.
  • LO4. know the evolution of Chinese poetry and the social functions of various poetic genres.

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