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Ssu Yen Shih

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Overview of Chinese Poetry with Index


Ssu Yen Shih from the Lu Shi code verse could seem a bit terse in English because of it's short lines. The Four Syllable Verse from Drury's poe-try dic-tion-ar-y is possibly the same or a variation of the Ssu Yen Shih.


Ssu Yen Shih is:

  • written no more than 3 quatrains of 4 character lines, usually only 1 quatrain.
  • composed of mono syllable words with caesura after the 2nd word.
  • rhymed, rhyme scheme xaxa xbxb etc x being unrhymed.


    craft by judi van gorder


    lu shi, code verse

    change tone, switch pitch

    one line, four words

    please soul, scratch itch

Other Lu Shi

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