In Chinese prose studies, "parallel prose (pianwen), along with its appellation "Four-Six (siliu), in the only form-based genre designation, it so so elastic that it has been applied broadly to all Han and post-Han prose works that employ a preponderance of four-and-six-character lines, or narrowly to Qi-Liang (479-577 CE) and later prose that meticulously couples four-and six-character lines in varying modules. This genre exploits correspondence between couples lines on multiple levels - rhythmic, semantic, syntactic, allusive, and tonal correspondence - to increase descriptive or discursive power.
|Title of host publication||How to Read Chinese Prose : A Guided Anthology|
|Publisher||Columbia University Press|
|ISBN (Print)||9780231203647, 9780231203654|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2022|