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.
seven-character metrical poetry, style, poetry under imperial order, grammatical structure, prosodic structure
Liu, Shun. 2022. "Poetry under Imperial Order and Seven-Character Metrical Poetry in the Early Tang Dynasty." Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art 42, (3): pp.174-184. https://tsla.researchcommons.org/journal/vol42/iss3/18