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Shun LiuFollow

Abstract

Linguistic conditions and the refinement of language style are the prerequisite and facilitator for the popularity of specific poetry styles in Chinese classical poetry. The formation of four-character sentence was the linguistic prerequisite for seven-character poetry, and was also the fundamental reason for the decline of four-character poetry relying on “two-two” rhythm. The improvement of seven-character style resulted from imperial order was an important impetus for the rapid development of seven-character poetry. The grammatical reason behind the parallel between seven-character poetry and five-character poetry highlighted their difference, making seven-character lines more suitable to write about scenery, emotion and argument because of its representation space and grammatical density. In terms of prosody, the “four-three” structure of seven-character line formed an expressive feeling that was more decorative and explicit than five-character sentence.

Keywords

seven-character metrical poetry, style, poetry under imperial order, grammatical structure, prosodic structure

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