How to Read Chinese Poetry Workbook

Zong-qi Cai and Jie Cui

Columbia University Press

How to Read Chinese Poetry Workbook

Pub Date: March 2012

ISBN: 9780231156585

232 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $32.00£28.00

Pub Date: March 2012

ISBN: 9780231527224

232 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $31.99£28.00

How to Read Chinese Poetry Workbook

Zong-qi Cai and Jie Cui

Columbia University Press

Designed to work with the acclaimed course text How to Read Chinese Poetry: A Guided Anthology, the How to Read Chinese Poetry Workbook introduces classical Chinese to advanced beginners and learners at higher levels, teaching them how to appreciate Chinese poetry in its original form. Also a remarkable stand-alone resource, the volume illuminates China's major poetic genres and themes through one hundred well-known, easy-to-recite works.

Each of the volume's twenty units contains four to six classical poems in Chinese, English, and tone-marked pinyin romanization, with comprehensive vocabulary notes and prose poem translations in modern Chinese. Subsequent comprehension questions and comments focus on the artistic aspects of the poems, while exercises test readers' grasp of both classical and modern Chinese words, phrases, and syntax. An extensive glossary cross-references classical and modern Chinese usage, characters and compounds, and multiple character meanings, and online sound recordings are provided for each poem and its prose translation free of charge. A list of literary issues addressed throughout completes the volume, along with phonetic transcriptions for entering-tone characters, which appear in Tang and Song–regulated shi poems and lyric songs.
Preface
Symbols and Abbrevations
Unit 1. Love: The Voice of Men
P01 "Guan
P02 Willow Branch (Liu Yuxi)
P03 Untitled (Li Shangyin)
P04 To the Tune "Southern Tune
Exercises
Unit 2. Love the Voice of Women
P05 To the Tune "Southern Tune
P06 There Is One I Love (anon.)
P07 Prolonged Longing (Bai Juyi)
P08 To the Tune "A Twig of Plum Blossom" (Li Qingzhao)
P09 To the Tune "Deeply Drunk in the East Wind": Spring Passions (Xu Zaisi)
Exercises
Unit 3. Fields and Gardens
P10 Returning to Live on the Farm
P11 On Drinking Wine
P12 Visiting My Old Friend's Farmstead (Meng Haoran)
P13 Written on Master Huyin's Wall
Exercises
Unit 4. Landscape: Excursions
P14 An Outing to the Eastern Field (Xie Tiao)
P15 Zhongnan Mountain (Wang Wei)
P16 To the Tune "West River Moon": An Even Journey on the Path to Huangsha (Xin Qiji)
P17 An Outing to Villages West of the Mountains (Lu You)
Exercises
Unit 5. Landscape: Grand Scenes
P18 The Yellow Crane Tower (Cui Hao)
P19 Watching the Waterfall of Mount Lu (Li Bai)
P20 Four Quatrains
P21 Dreaming Heaven (Li He)
P22 A Quatrain on the Spring South of the Yangtze (Du Mu)
Exercises
Unit 6. Landscape: Chan (Zen) Vision
P23 Written for the Meditation Lodge (Chang Jian)
P24 Visiting the Xiangji Temple (Wang Wei)
P25 The Deer Fence (Wang Wei)
P26 The Lodge in the Bamboo Grove (Wang Wei)
P27 Calling-Bird Brook (Wang Wei)
Exercises
Unit 7. Landscape: Random Sketches
P28 The Dawn of a Spring Day (Meng Haoran)
P29 Sitting Alone in the Jingting Moutains (Li Bai)
P30 River Snow (Liu Zongyuan)
P31 Drinking on the Lake
P32 A Small Pond (Yang Wanli)
P33 To the Tune of "Sky-Clear Sand": Autumn (Bai Pu)
Exercises
Unit 8. Landscape: A Source of Wisdom
P34 Climbing Crane Tower (Wang Zhihuan)
P35 Departing Baidi in the Morning (Li Bai)
P36 Written on the Wall of the West Wood Temple (Su Shi)
P37 Two Poems Written After Reading
Exercises
Unit 9. Parting
P38 Nineteen Old Poems
P39 A Weicheng Tune (Wang Wei)
P40 Sending off Meng Haoran (Li Bai)
P41 To Wang Lun (Li Bai)
P42 Song of a Traveling Son (Meng Jiao)
Exercises
Unit 10. Sojourns of the Wandering Men
P43 An Overnight Stay by the Jiande River (Meng Haoran)
P44 The Jiang and Han Rivers (Du Fu)
P45 Nightly Mooring at the Maple Bridge (Zhang Ji)
P46 Early Morning Journey in the Shang Mountains (Wen Tingyun)
P47 To the Tune "Sky-Clear Sand": Autumn Thoughts (Ma Zhiyuan)
Exercises
Unit 11. Frontiers and Wars
P48 Songs of Liangzhou
P49 Following the Army (Wang Changling)
P50 Setting Out for the Frontiers (Wang Changling)
P51 Two Songs of Liangzhou
P52 Upon Hearing of the Recapture of Henan and Hebei by the Government Army (Du Fu)
P53 Crossing the Sea of Loneliness (Wen Tianxiang)
Exercises
Unit 12. Homesickness
P54 Random Notes Upon Returning to My Hometown (He Zhizhang)
P55 On the Double Ninth Festival: Thinking of My Brothers in Shangdong (Wang Wei)
P56 Miscellaneous Poems
P57 Quiet Night Thoughts (Li Bai)
P58 Crossing the Sanggan River (Jia Dao)
P59 Night Rain: A Poem Sent to the North (LI Shangyin)
Exercises
Unit 13. Plaints of Young Women (I)
P60 Nineteen Old Poems
P61 Spring Lament (Jin Changxu)
P62 Untitled (Li Shangyin)
P63 To the Tune "On the Water Clock at Night" (Wen Tingyun)
P64 To the Tune "Buddha-Like Barbarian" (Wen Tingyun)
Exercises
Unit 14. Plaints of Young Women (II)
P65 To the Tune "Audience at Golden Gate" (Wei Zhuang)
P66 To the Tune "Crows Call at Night" (Li Yu)
P67 To the Tune "Butterflies Lingering Over Flowers" (Ouyang Xiu)
P68 Spring at Wuling (Li Qingzhao)
Exercises
Unit 15. Plaints of Palace Ladies
P69 Jade Stairs Resentment (Xie Tiao)
P70 Lament of the Jade Stairs (Li Bai)
P71 Song of the Autumn of the Abiding Faith Hall
P72 Autumn Evening (Du Mu)
P73 Chang'e (Li Shangyin)
Exercises
Unit 16. Depiction of Things: Sensuous
P74 In Praise of Pear Blossoms on the Pond (Wang Rong)
P75 Brocade Zither (Li Shangyin)
P76 Small Plum Tree in a Garden in the Hills
P77 Plum Blossom (Wang Anshi)
P78 Crabapple (Su Shi)
P79 A Quatrain on Plum Blossoms (Lu You)
Exercises
Unit 17. Mediation on History: Famous People
P80 Meditation on Ancient Ruins
P81 The Diagram of Eight Formations (Du Fu)
P82 Sui Palace (Li Shangyin)
P83 To the Tune "The Charm of Niannu": Mediation on the Past at Red Cliff (Su Shi)
P84 To the Tune "South Village": Meditation on the Past on the Beigu Pavilion (Xin Qiji)
Exercises
Unit 18. Mediation on History: Rise and Fall of Dynasties
P85 Autumn Mediations
P86 Black Clothes Alley (Liu Yuxi)
P87 Red Cliff (Du Mu)
P88 The Book-Burning Pits (Zhang Jie)
P89 To the Tune "Sheep on Mountain Slope": Meditation on the Past at Tong Pass (Zhang Yanghao)
Exercises
Unit 19. Reflection: In Response to Scenes and Events
P90 A Song on Ascending Youzhou Terrace (Chen Zi'ang)
P91 Spring Scene (Du Fu)
P92 The Qu River
P93 Climbing Hi (Du Fu)
P94 A Weary Night (Du Fu)
P95 The Advent of Autumn (Du Fu)
Exercises
Unit 20. Reflection: Remembering Things Past
P96 Dispelling Sorrow (Du Fu)
P97 To the Tune "Beautiful Lady Yu" (Li Yu)
P98 To the Tune "Sand in Silk-Washing Stream" (Yan Shu)
P99 To the Tune "River City" (Su Shi)
P100 To the Tune "Phoenix Hairpin" (Lu You)
Exercises
List of Literary Issues Discussed
List of Entering-Tone Characters
Character List
Answer Key to Unit Exercises

About the Author

Jie Cui is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is currently working on a dissertation entitled "Gu Tang Shigui and the Making of Commented Poetry Anthologies in Seventeenth-Century China" and has extensive experience teaching Chinese. She assisted in the editing of How to Read Chinese Poetry: A Guided Anthology.



Zong-qi Cai is professor of Chinese, comparative literature, and medieval studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of The Matrix of Lyric Transformation: Poetic Modes and Self-Presentation in Early Chinese Pentasyllabic Poetry and Configurations of Comparative Poetics: Three Perspectives on Western and Chinese Literary Criticism. He has also edited A Chinese Literary Mind: Culture, Creativity, and Rhetoric in Wenxin Dialong; Chinese Aesthetics: The Ordering of Literature, the Arts, and the Universe in the Six Dynasties; and How to Read Chinese Poetry: A Guided Anthology.