World involving Traditional Poets: Arrogance and Incompetence

Why Is Poetry Important To Our World Today?

In fact, poetry writing competitions with two guest judges were first promoted by the Japanese. Falun Dafa is one of China’s many privately passed on qigong or cultivation practices. It became hugely popular until it was banned in 1999 by the Chinese Communist Party, which saw the spirituality of Falun Dafa as a threat to its officially atheist government. The human rights abuses, detailed by Freedom House, Amnesty International, and countless eyewitness accounts, are truly atrocious and a matter of urgency. There is something universal in China’s 5,000-year-old culture, as can be seen in the commonness of Chinatowns, Chinese takeout, and martial arts in almost every corner of the developed world.

Determining historical truth is always a complicated business, and from any single viewpoint it’s hard to come to firm conclusions. Did the Japanese really let these societies flourish because they loved classical Chinese poetry? “They wanted to win over the Taiwanese,” says Li Ying-hui, president of the Tiaoshan Poetry Society.

If people are avid readers of poetry, “they needn’t write poetry to be able to read it aloud.” The Kaohsiung Classical Poetry Research Association led by Chien Chin-sung provides another way to approach poetry besides those offered by academia and most poetry societies. Its curriculum includes classes on poetry appreciation, philosophy, and Taiwan history. “The object isn’t to learn how to write poetry but rather just to appreciate it–and through it taste some of the flavor of life.” In the wake of rapid social change, the voice of traditional Chinese poets has grown ever softer.

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Besides gathering to read the poems of their own members, poetry societies sometimes put on poetry writing and reading classes for outsiders, or hold riddle-composing activities for the Lantern Festival. The young hope for a livelier atmosphere that will attract more people, but under the elderly’s leadership the form of the activities rarely changes, and there is even a limit to the suggestions that can be made. “Old folk are very stubborn, and many have tempers like little children. They often scold us,” one young poet says in confidence. The Society of Classical Poets is reviving poetry with rhyme, meter, and good character. Since the Society was founded in 2012, we have grown from a blog with weekly posts to a major non-profit organization publishing the highest quality poetry, as well as insightful essays, educational resources, and the most exquisite art.

As with other civilizations, the folk songs and stories of early people are the origins of Chinese poetry and other forms of art. As the ci gradually became more literary and artificial after Song times, the san qu, a freer form, based on new popular songs, developed. The use of san qu songs in drama marked an important step in the development of vernacular literature. Towards the end of the Tang dynasty, the ci lyric became more popular. Most closely associated with the Song dynasty, ci most often expressed feelings of desire, often in an adopted persona, but the greatest exponents of the form used it to address a wide range of topics.

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