How to Read Chinese Poetry Podcast

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In this final episode, we will first listen to the “Song of Suffering Calamity” by the woman poet and scholar Wang Duanshu (1621-ca. 1680), narrating her flight from the invading Qing army during the Ming-Qing transition. We will conclude with two examples by women among the many poems in the Ming and Qing that record quotidian pleasures and reflections on daily life. Whether pain and loss or pleasure and joy, men and women in late imperial China inscribed their emotions and thoughts in poetry.


Episode 55



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Fong, G., & Cai, Z. (2023, Feb 28). Poetic Theory and Practice in the Ming and Qing Dynasties: Poetry: The pain of loss and the pleasures of everyday life [55]. In How to read Chinese poetry podcast. Hong Kong: Lingnan University. Retrieved from