Benjamin RIDGWAY

Words set to music, or song lyrics, were a major poetic form in China between the seventh and thirteenth centuries. Words held sway over melodies. Often the music served as a sort of template to which the poet fit the words. Song lyrics covered the whole range of the poet’s experience and were often quite personal.

The song lyric (ci) is one of the major poetic genres in China that had a

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By |2014-12-16T16:54:27-05:00January 22nd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, History, Arts, and Culture, Poetry|Comments Off on Song Lyrics (Cí 词)|Cí 词 (Song Lyrics)

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