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Introduction : the primacy of sound in Chinese poetry
Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture
  • Zongqi CAI, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
11-1-2015
Publisher
Duke University Press
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Abstract

“The sound must seem an echo to the sense.” This famous line by Alexander Pope is often cited concerning the roles of sound in Western poetry. In Chinese poetry, too, sound is an echo to the sense, and much more. However, the primacy of sound in Chinese poetry has long been overlooked. A demonstration of the pivotal roles of sound in various major genres is the primary goal of this special issue. Each article explores the aural dimensions of Chinese poetry from a unique perspective and sheds new light on the interplay of sound and sense in one or more particular genres.

DOI
10.1215/23290048-3324128
Language
English
E-ISSN
23290056
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Cai, Z.-q. (2015). Introduction: The primacy of sound in Chinese poetry. Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture, 2(2), 251-257. doi: 10.1215/23290048-3324128