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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 380–418.
Published: 01 November 2015
... verse. The increased use of 2–2–1 prosodic structure of the pentasyllabic lines of this period indicates that the fourth syllable in the line had become a defining caesural point. Furthermore, the emergence of this new regulation will be shown in relation to the growing need for semantic and aesthetic...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 444–480.
Published: 01 November 2015
... for Chinese can serve as “a unit formed of combinations of two or three feet”? The best possibility comes from the six-syllable line of poetry. According to Lo Kwunchong, 8 the standard prosodic structure for six-syllable lines in Chinese poetry is (2 + 2 + 2) because the 3 + 3 form of the six-syllable...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 545–572.
Published: 01 November 2015
... read or understand it. So what we have is something like sound ⇒ prosodic pattern ⇒ semantic grouping ⇒ syntax ⇒ structure. A multilayered integration of all these elements seems to represent the gestalt of Chinese poetic form, with monosyllabic sound as its foundation. At its best, this gestalt...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 347–379.
Published: 01 November 2015
... elegance in the history of Chinese poetry in terms of the arrangement of tonal prosodic structure. 52 Farewell Banquet for Literary Tutor Xie [Tiao], on the Eve of His Departure 餞謝文學離夜 1 Hàn chí shuǐ rú dài 漢池水如帶 Along the Han Moat, water [stretches] like a girdle, C A B A C 2...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (1): 66–94.
Published: 01 April 2018
... a structural homology to well-ordered music. Rhetorically, many Tang poets traced the origins of their art back to the Confucian Shijing ; in practice, however, they owed much more to the masters of the Six Dynasties period (220–589). This resulted in a contradictory impulse for Tang poets to praise...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 251–257.
Published: 01 November 2015
... nuanced appreciation of ancient Chinese poetry. Zhao Minli and Benjamin Ridgway's article demonstrates a close relationship between prosodic rhythm and linguistic change in the formation of pentasyllabic shi poetry. What distinguishes the pentasyllabic shi poetry from the Book of Poetry...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (2): 336–359.
Published: 01 November 2017
... century, a Northern Song author wrote, “The composition of poetry accompanies the life of mankind. Imbued with the qi of delight and sorrow, one must express it through words. The capable [writers] turn [such feelings] into words and transmit them in prosodic forms. Therefore, such works circulate...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 324–346.
Published: 01 November 2015
... collection show tonal contrast in two positions, then a researcher's task is to “translate” this number into a conclusion about the prosodic characteristics and literary ingenuity of the poet. In Xu's book and many other previous studies about tonal contrast, 11 50 percent is often used as the primary...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 215–232.
Published: 01 November 2016
... meaning. Moreover, it also contributes to the distinction between traditional and modern poetry. One of the issues concerning the particularity of modern poetry is that its syllabic structure differs from the more regulated verse forms composed in the past. 10 Hu's proposal suggests...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 419–443.
Published: 01 November 2015
... to the concern for poetic rhyming, tonal patterning, and other prosodic forms in poetry. While this concern surely already existed in earlier times, the new development since around the fifth century was a turn toward refinement. To gain better perspective on the concern for poetic sounds in earlier times...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 163–202.
Published: 01 April 2021
..., the monosyllabicity of the Chinese language enables “a unique convergence of prosodic and semantic rhythm,” which in turn powers a “dynamic interplay of rhythm, syntax, and structure.” 28 For this reason, line length plays a crucial role in discussions of the expressive potential of poetry. 29 In the case...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 203–235.
Published: 01 April 2021
... of shi and ci poetry general appeal had been considered a strike against the author, in the case of sanqu such wide favor was considered a plus. In terms of the form's transmission, singability was considered a key virtue, as was oral intelligibility. 3 The emphasis on singability also structured...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (2): 339–381.
Published: 01 November 2020
... patterned composition, loosely related or even unrelated segments are brought together as a whole, unaided by ostensible connectives or established structuring conventions. This extratextual patterning is invisible and cerebral, achieved through the author's ingenious selection, cutting, and composing...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 1–11.
Published: 01 April 2021
..., and a host of other modern scholars. 13 Through a meticulous analysis of Zhang's prosodic practices, Lee shows how Zhang did not simply inherit a style from earlier ci poetry but incubated a new form of sanqu song Lee terms “regulated song.” This type of song neatly blended the demands of the old...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 29–64.
Published: 01 November 2014
... and popular interest in songs in order to advance a case for a universalist, if not cosmopolitan, discourse in Chinese that cut across many of the status distinctions—most notably, Chinese vs. foreigner—that had previously structured Chinese literary and editorial practice. In Chinese literary history...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 26–56.
Published: 01 April 2016
..., philosophical, and intellectual dimensions of the poems, this study aims to contribute to furthering the understanding of the structural and thematic coherence of the sequence as a whole. At the same time, Gong is mindful of the contemporary crises stalking both the central government and the empire...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 275–330.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Jeffrey R. Tharsen Abstract Research methods employing large-scale databases of digital texts and digital lexica can assist in the detection of the ways phonetic patterns worked in concert with semantic and syntactic structures in premodern Chinese narrative texts. When applied to the speeches...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 89–112.
Published: 01 April 2021
... his propensity for building four-three structures. His preference for this sentence structure is particularly notable if one considers that utilizing the three-four style in the eighth line in Putianle was common due to the score of the music, as demonstrated in the above examples of Yao Sui's...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 286–323.
Published: 01 November 2015
... derive from its structure? Clearly, this is not simply a linguistic problem or an artistic problem. Put more concretely, it is a problem of musicology and poetics. What is a poem? In the words of contemporary scholar Yang Gongji 楊公驥, “to address the special characteristics of the genre, a poem...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (1): 148–178.
Published: 01 April 2018
..., Sōseki “took his major inspiration as a kanshi poet from the Gozan poets [i.e., medieval Zen poets of the ‘Five Mountains’].” 44 In form, Sōseki seems to borrow the Gozan poets' predilection for jinti shi 近體詩 (recent-style poetry), which follows strict syntactic, structural, and tonal regulations...