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New Poets’ Exploration of Poetic Form:Focusing on the Rhyme and Rhythm of Vernacular Poems(PDF)

《南京师范大学学报(社会科学版)》[ISSN:1006-6977/CN:61-1281/TN]

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2015年01期
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128-138
Research Field:
现代文学研究
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Title:
New Poets’ Exploration of Poetic Form:Focusing on the Rhyme and Rhythm of Vernacular Poems
Author(s):
QU Jing-wei
Keywords:
vernacular poetry ancient poetry folklore rhyme and rhythm recitation
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Abstract:
The rhyme and rhythm of vernacular poetry were a major concern for vernacular poets represented by Hu Shi, who strived to explore a new form for poems written in vernacular Chinese. They made great efforts to remove the disharmony of rhyme and rhythm in new poems through using alliteration and assonance, learning from Yuefu 乐府, Ci 词and Qu曲, and even proposing to write lyrics for folk songs according to Pihuang 皮簧opera. Overall, their experiments on rhyme and rhythm were not successful, nor were their corresponding theoretical explorations. It should be noted that explorations made to establish rhyme and rhythm for vernacular poetry, though supported by new literary concepts, drew heavily on ancient poetry and its aesthetic taste. It is the result of their intentional or unintentional compromise with classical poetry, presenting their painstaking endeavors to prove the validity of vernacular poetry against the context featured by formidable conservatism. In the 1940s, Zhu Ziqing convincingly argued that it is more appropriate to recite than to sing new poetry despite its musicality. Zhu’s idea is a perfect summary for the rhythm and musicality of vernacular poetry.

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