Song Dynasty Ci and Liu Yong

 

In the finest traditions of podcasting, Lee and Rob here discuss something they know next to nothing about: the poetry tradition of the Song Dynasty. Colloquial and relatable in ways that the Tang couldn’t have been, and which the Yuan and Ming weren’t, Song Ci remain some of the more popular poetic entries in China’s literary canon. Lee and Rob discuss the possibility of their being the Song Dynasty’s answer to Bob Dylan, and debate how “poetic” something can be if it starts as something that isn’t poetry.

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