This episode introduces us to the genre of the song lyric using two anonymous poems that present a male and female speaker in dialog. The episode discusses the origins of the genre during the Tang dynasty, its formal characteristics, and its connection to female voice and feminine themes.
Samei, M., & Cai, Z. (2022, Dec 13). Short Song Lyrics (xiaoling) in the Song Dynasty: “I’ve no heart to love another”: A pair of anonymous poems in dialog . In How to read Chinese poetry podcast. Hong Kong: Lingnan University. Retrieved from https://commons.ln.edu.hk/poetry_podcast/46/