Infinite New Verses

Infinite New Verses is a short series for BBC Radio 4 tracing the story of Chinese poetry, both classical and modern.

Poet and broadcaster Roshan Doug journeys to China to discover how poetry has reflected and defined Chinese identity and culture for thousands of years.

He talks to poetry academics, poets, publishers and critics to find out how poetry has been integral to society, either spoken or sung.

He sees how poetry has acted as a main method of communication (though often anonymous) and how it's been an indication of social class and an art form.

He analyses the strict structural and creative rules and tries these structures out in his own writing.

In short, Roshan discovers that Chinese poetry is an intriguing mixture of imagery, sound, and social reference.

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The Story of Chinese Poetry

Asian poet, Roshan Doug visits China to look at the story of Chinese poetry.

This week he looks at Classical Chinese poetry - a literary form with strict rules of form, rhythm, rhyme, and theme and sees how this order reflected the ordered society of the Chinese Dynasties.

He looks at the role of poetry in society, seeing how being a good poet allowed people to move up the social ladder in Imperial society.

He also witnesses the collapse of the classical form and its re-emergence in contemporary Chinese society.

With poetry from Chinese writers and Roshan Doug.

2004042520040502

2/2.

The Story of Chinese Poetry

Asian poet, Roshan Doug visits China to look at the story of Chinese poetry.

This week he looks at Classical Chinese poetry - a literary form with strict rules of form, rhythm, rhyme, and theme and sees how this order reflected the ordered society of the Chinese Dynasties.

He looks at the role of poetry in society, seeing how being a good poet allowed people to move up the social ladder in Imperial society.

He also witnesses the collapse of the classical form and its re-emergence in contemporary Chinese society.

With poetry from Chinese writers and Roshan Doug.

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2/2. The Story of Chinese Poetry

Asian poet, Roshan Doug visits China to look at the story of Chinese poetry.

This week he looks at Classical Chinese poetry - a literary form with strict rules of form, rhythm, rhyme, and theme and sees how this order reflected the ordered society of the Chinese Dynasties. He looks at the role of poetry in society, seeing how being a good poet allowed people to move up the social ladder in Imperial society. He also witnesses the collapse of the classical form and its re-emergence in contemporary Chinese society. With poetry from Chinese writers and Roshan Doug.

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Infinite New Verses is a short series for BBC Radio 4 tracing the story of Chinese poetry, both classical and modern.

Poet and broadcaster Roshan Doug journeys to China to discover how poetry has reflected and defined Chinese identity and culture for thousands of years.

He talks to poetry academics, poets, publishers and critics to find out how poetry has been integral to society, either spoken or sung.

He sees how poetry has acted as a main method of communication (though often anonymous) and how it's been an indication of social class and an art form.

He analyses the strict structural and creative rules and tries these structures out in his own writing.

In short, Roshan discovers that Chinese poetry is an intriguing mixture of imagery, sound, and social reference.

012004042520040501

Infinite New Verses is a short series for BBC Radio 4 tracing the story of Chinese poetry, both classical and modern.

Poet and broadcaster Roshan Doug journeys to China to discover how poetry has reflected and defined Chinese identity and culture for thousands of years.

He talks to poetry academics, poets, publishers and critics to find out how poetry has been integral to society, either spoken or sung.

He sees how poetry has acted as a main method of communication (though often anonymous) and how it's been an indication of social class and an art form.

He analyses the strict structural and creative rules and tries these structures out in his own writing.

In short, Roshan discovers that Chinese poetry is an intriguing mixture of imagery, sound, and social reference.

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This week he looks at Classical Chinese poetry - a literary form with strict rules of form, rhythm, rhyme, and theme and sees how this order reflected the ordered society of the Chinese Dynasties.

He looks at the role of poetry in society, seeing how being a good poet allowed people to move up the social ladder in Imperial society.

He also witnesses the collapse of the classical form and its re-emergence in contemporary Chinese society.

With poetry from Chinese writers and Roshan Doug.

02 LAST2004050220040508

This week he looks at Classical Chinese poetry - a literary form with strict rules of form, rhythm, rhyme, and theme and sees how this order reflected the ordered society of the Chinese Dynasties.

He looks at the role of poetry in society, seeing how being a good poet allowed people to move up the social ladder in Imperial society.

He also witnesses the collapse of the classical form and its re-emergence in contemporary Chinese society.

With poetry from Chinese writers and Roshan Doug.