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滄浪詩話   By: (12th cent.)

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"滄浪詩話" by Yu Yan is a fascinating exploration of Chinese poetry and literary criticism. The author delves deep into the nuances and intricacies of classical Chinese poetry, providing insightful analysis and commentary on some of the most renowned poets and their works.

One of the standout features of this book is the author's ability to explain complex poetic techniques and themes in a clear and engaging manner. Yu Yan's writing is both scholarly and accessible, making it an enjoyable read for both seasoned scholars and casual poetry enthusiasts alike.

In addition to its in-depth discussion of individual poems, "滄浪詩話" also offers valuable insights into the historical and cultural context in which these works were created. This contextualization enriches the reader's understanding of the poems, shedding light on the social, political, and artistic influences that shaped the poets' work.

Overall, "滄浪詩話" is a must-read for anyone interested in Chinese poetry and literary criticism. Yu Yan's deep knowledge and passion for the subject shine through in every page, making this book a true treasure trove of wisdom and insight.

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  夫學詩者以識為主:入門須正,立志須高;以漢、魏、晉、盛唐為師,不作開元、 天寶以下人物。若自退屈,即有下劣詩魔入其肺腑之間;由立志之不高也。行有未 至,可加工力;路頭一差,愈騖愈遠;由入門之不正也。故曰:學其上,僅得其中 ;學其中,斯為下矣。又曰:見過於師,僅堪傳授;見與師齊,減師半德也。工夫 須從上做下,不可從下做上。先須熟讀《楚詞》,朝夕諷詠,以為之本;及讀《古 詩十九首》,樂府四篇,李陵、蘇武、漢、魏五言皆須熟讀,即以李、杜二集枕藉 觀之,如今人之治經,然後博取盛唐名家,醞釀胸中,久之自然悟入。雖學之不至 ,亦不失正路。此乃是從頂上做來,謂之向上一路,謂之直截根源,謂之頓門,謂 之單刀直入也。


  詩之品有九:曰高,曰古,曰深,曰遠,曰長,曰雄渾,曰飄逸,曰悲壯,曰淒婉 。其用工有三:曰起結,曰句法,曰字眼。其大概有二:曰優遊不迫,曰沉着痛快 。詩之極致有一,曰入神。詩而入神,至矣,盡矣,蔑以加矣!惟李、杜... Continue reading book >>

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