A Classic Chinese Reader: Profound Scholars' Lectures on Poems in the Tang Dynasty

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Table of Contents
Origin of Poetry in the Tang Dynasty 
A Complete Avoidance of Cliche and Remaining Fresh Forever—Appreciating and Analyzing "Climbing the Stork Tower" Authored by Wang Zhihuan 
Indignant Outcry—BriefAnalysis on the Poem "on The Tower at Youzhou" Composed by Chen Ziang 
A Vivid Touch: Landscape Bathed in Moonlight Permeating throughout the Air—Reading and Appreaating "White Stone Beach" Authored by Wang Wei 
Sweet Laurel Blooms in the Poem Entitled "Ihe Dale of Singing Birds" 
New Explanation Has No Way to Justify Itself— More Comments on "Laurel Blooms" in "The Dale of Singing Birds" 
Wang Wei and His Four Quatrains Which Are Listed into Catalogue of Poems Required for Elementary Education 
Appreciating and Analyzing the Piece "Drinking Aloneunder the Moon" 
The Sense of Freshness Conveyed by Classical Poetry —Appreciating "Hard Is the Way to Shu" Authored by Li Bai and "Paying a Visit to Qixia Temple and Watching Mountains in Guilin" Written by Yuan Mei 
A Fusion of Philosophy with Poetic Sentiment—A Brief Introduction to Li Bai's Poem Entitled "Ode to Sunrise and Sunset" 
Appreaation and Analyses of the Piece "Visiting an Old Friend's Cottage" Authored by Meng Haoran 
Bai Juyi Learns from Du Fu 
"Genuine Feelings" and "Dignified Style" in Du Fu's Verses 
Appreciation of Du Fu's Poem "Sleeping at the Official Residence" 
Appreciation of Du Fu's Poem "Ode to Painting" 
Fire Tries to Burn Them Up in Vain; They Rise Again When Spring Winds Blow—Appreciating and Analyzing "Grass on the Ancient Plain" 
The Marvelous Landscape and an Immortal Verse—Appreciating and Analyzing the Piece "On Lake Qiantang in Spring" Written by Bai Juyi 
A Brief Introduction to the Pieces "Elegies on the Palace for Ihinking of Son" Authored by Bai Juyi 
A Picture of Mountainous Village Tinged with Unsophisticated Sentiments—Reading the Piece "Paying a Visit to a Mountainous Farmyard" Written by Gu Kuang 
Making the Whole Poem Full of Picturesque Sentiment—Reading "On the West Stream at Chuzhou" Written by Wei Yingwu 
A Sense of Beauty and A Sense of Reality—My Humble Opinion of the Verse "Mooring by Maple Bridge at Night" 
A Nostalgic Song Disseminating Loneliness—Reading the Piece "Putting Up at a Courier Station On New Year's Eve" Authored by Dai Shulun 
Conversion of Visual Angle—Reading the Piece "Written on a Rainy Night to My Wife in the North" Authored by Li Shangyin 
In Human World Sunny Evening's Held Dear—Reading the Piece "A Sunny Evening after Rain" Written by Li Shangyin 
A Minimal Error or Deviation May Result in Wide Divergence—Reading the Piece "An Autumn Night" Written by Du Mu Once Again 
A Metaphoric Piece Combining a Serious Theme with a Strong Sense of Humor at the Same Time—Reading the Poem "The Red Cliff" Written by Du Mu
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People often classify the quatrains into a category of "innovative classical-form poetry".However, all the quatrains can be grouped into such two categories as "ancient-style quatrains" and "regular quatrains" as a matter of fact in terms of the thyme schemes.According to the book entitled "Notes and Commentaries on Mysteries of Selected Tang Poems", "five-character quatrains are usually considered to be those five-character ancient- style verses which have been cut short" on the grounds that most five-character quatrains belong to ancient-style quatrains.Almost all the seven-character quatrains belong to the category of regular quatrains as a whole.The five- character pieces containing a total of four lines came into being even before the Tang Dynasty, such as the folk-song- styled verses entitled "Songs of Midnight' which caused a sensation during the Northern and Southern Dynasties.The principles of "harmonizing the level tone and obliqu tone" and "the employment of thyme of the characters with a level tone" were not actually put into effect while people wrote such a kind of poetry.The Tang Dynasty poets would like to imitate such a poetic form while they carried out their literary creation.The total number of the characters of every five-character piece containing a total of four lines amounts to twenty at the very outside.Generally speaking, such a kind of short poems would only leave rather limited room to most people who needed to give full play to their skill as poets.
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A Classic Chinese Reader: Profound Scholars' Lectures on Poems in the Tang Dynasty