Introduction : the primacy of sound in Chinese poetry

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“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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-257
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Chinese Literature and Culture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015


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