Ben Wang’s Special Course: Heart of a Culture: The Tang, Song, and Yuan Poetry of China Part II
Blending music and painting – in that the spoken is music and the written painting – the Chinese language is uniquely suited for poetry. The classical Chinese poetry is a seemingly impersonal record of what a poet sees of life, as how it is reflected in Nature. It’s a pictorial composition set in matching tones, thus resulting in a union of literary and musical intensity and emotional depth: a literary genre that the cultivated Chinese have held in the highest esteem since the nascency of Chinese history and culture. A fine classical Chinese poem is a bridge for readers to wander into the mind and heart of the poet who inspires us to marvel at the beauty of a literary genre that transcends the boundary of time and place, in that how life with all its joys and sorrows is portrayed in metaphors and similes.
Classical Chinese poetry reached its heights during the Tang dynasty (618-907). In this 3-part lecture in English, taught consecutively in 3 semesters, starting September 2019, Ben Wang, Senior Lecturer of China Institute, will introduce poetry of the Tang (Tang Shi), Song (960-1280) (Song Ci), and Yuan (1280-1368) (Yuan Qu). Detailed discussion of the poems and the subtle differences between the 3 will be explained and elaborated to reveal beauty and profundity in their now common, now separate ways. Political and social backgrounds of the Periods, against which the poems were composed, and relationship between Chinese poetry, music, painting and major schools of thought will also be explored.
Tuesday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
January 7 – March 10
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)