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Lecture 26: Li Qingzhao: China’s Greatest Woman Poet
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Li Qingzhao the Poet: I Li Qingzhao was already an accomplished scholar and writer of prose and poetry by the time of her marriage. She specialized in writing the ci , the “song lyric” genre. While her husband was away from home on official appointment or duties, she used to write song lyrics expressing her love for him, or her feelings of loneliness, etc. And Zhao found it hard to write poems in response to her poems. Ci , the song lyric, was a genre of poetry that was set to a kind of music, called Banquet Music which initially came from Central Asia and India. It was a kind of music used for entertainment either at singing houses or at banquets at private homes. Banquet Music began to become very popular in China during the 8th century in the Tang Dynasty.
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Li Qingzhao the Poet: II The song lyric was considered by the educated literati as “popular,” in contrast with shi (poetry without any musical setting), which was considered “refined.” but many educated poets did turn their hands to
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2010 for the course ASIAN 361 taught by Professor Shuen-fulin during the Fall '09 term at University of Michigan.

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