Title

Introduction : the primacy of sound in Chinese poetry

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture

Publication Date

11-2015

Volume

2

Issue

2

First Page

251

Last Page

257

Publisher

Duke University Press

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

Print ISSN

23290048

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