The carefree playfulness presented in Wang Heqing’s poem “On the Big Butterfly” tells us much about the cultural milieu of the time when the sanqu flourished, and reminds us of the genre’s origins in streets, marketplaces, and entertainment quarters.
Lian, X., & Cai, Z. (2023, Feb 7). Song Poems (sanqu) of the Yuan Dynasty: Poetry of rambunctious wit and impudent humor . In How to read Chinese poetry podcast. Hong Kong: Lingnan University. Retrieved from https://commons.ln.edu.hk/poetry_podcast/54/