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.