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Jue Ju

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Overview of Chinese Poetry with Index

 

Jue Ju (curtailed or frustrated verse) is one of the oldest of the Chinese patterns and in the 3rd century AD the Jue Ju was very popular. It often carried "suggestively erotic themes". It does not tell a story but attempts to create a mood.

 

The basic rhythmic unit of Chinese poem is the single character (zi), which is pronounced as one syllable. In English the word represented by the character might be more than one syllable. Originally the Jue Ju was composed in 5 character lines. By the Tang era, 8th century it had evolved to a 7 character pattern and became fundamental to Chinese poetry.

 

The Jue Ju is:

  • metered, 5 or 7 character or word lines. (lines should be same length)
  • composed of 4 lines.
  • often erotic.
  • compared to Western poetry could be considered terse and compressed.

     

    秋月 (程颢)

     

    清溪流过碧山头,空水澄鲜一色秋;

    隔断红尘三十里,白云红叶两悠悠。

     

    Autumn Moon by Cheng Hao translated by Xiao-zhen aka worm, Nov 6,2009

    Over green hills a limpid brook flows

    Sky mirrored in the water of autumn hue

    Away from the distant earthly world

    Maple leaves and velvet clouds leisurely float

    "The Autumn Moon, a seven-character-'cutshorts' (jue ju), was composed by an ancient Chinese poet Chen Hao (1032--1085), a philosopher of Northern Song Dynasty. No line of the poem touches the autumn moon, but it shines every line." ~~Xiao-zhen aka worm

     

    pillow woman by judi Van Gorder

     

    Raven strands of silk tangle

    and spread over her pillow.

    With soft eyes, pleasure waits

    white curves stretch upon futon.

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