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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Overview of Chinese Verse with Index Chinese poetry has one of the longest continuous histories of any written language. It is exemplified not only by its quantity but also by its quality and form. All ancient Chinese poetry was sung and was not confined to specific stanza length. After 2nd century AD rhetoric in poetry was cultivated into mainstream forms. The forms on this page all appear before the birth of Christ. Shi Jing, poetry from as far back as 20th century BC was sung in the Yellow River Basin of China as popular songs. (In honesty I d