Chinese Poetry

Briefs, December 23, 2012

An anthology of 100 bamboo-themed Chinese poems has been published that features a foreword and a poem by former president Jiang Zemin.

Sunday, 23 December, 2012, 5:26am

An architect with a song in his heart

In ancient China, poetry was like song: Tang (619-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasty poems were often accompanied by music and performed at banquets and other gatherings. They were meant to be appreciated for their rhythm and sound as much as for their content and, as such, they frequently rhymed.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Excavator crushes farmer to death

A villager was crushed to death by an excavator during a dispute between farmers and a company that was pushing ahead with a construction project on their land in Gan county, Jiangxi province , local media reported yesterday.

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Cantonese poets' society

Cheung Ka-ka only uses a small part of her notebook to jot things down in class. She devotes most of the pages to scribbling short, incomplete sentences about her thoughts on daily life.

12 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Rhyme with reason

Anita Chan Ka-tung mused about living on a far-off planet like the one inhabited by the Little Prince. So she caught the spark of inspiration and started writing a poem. The Form Two student had never tried playing with the subtlety of words before, partly because of a lack of confidence. But since September, when an award-winning poet was invited to her school, things have changed.

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Home helper tells why Beijing's wealthy appreciate a man's touch

Guo Hecai, 32, from Hanshan county, Anhui province, was snubbed several times when he first started looking for work as a home help but has since carved a niche among wealthy clients in Beijing.

What did you do when you first came to Beijing?

17 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Singing the classic poems

Many young people may have a hard time when it comes to studying classical Chinese literature. Understanding the meaning of classical Chinese is one thing, but memorising text that's not written in the language we use today gives most of us a headache.

Veteran musician Armando Lai Wai-yin has a great idea - sing it out loud.

30 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Budding young poet finds her inspiration from old masters

Ancient Chinese poetry holds special appeal for Winnie Tsui Wai, a winner in a prestigious Hong Kong poetry competition.

The classical novel Story of Stones cast a spell over her as a 14-year-old.

But it was not until two years later when she met another lover of poetry that she embarked on her own poetry-writing career.

31 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

What's On


Why not make good use of your holiday and show off your talent by joining the Longman Inter-school English Language Arts Competition?

The prizes are up to $3,000 in book coupons and passports to claim free copies of the South China Morning Post during the next summer holiday.

18 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Deeds, poets and society

ZHENG DANYI has a dream. The poet wants to create a community that brings all creative forces together to make a better society.

'The word 'poetry', in Latin, means a strong imagination. By gathering people of different cultural backgrounds, their creative energy can be released. This is important to society, because culture is wealth that belongs to all,' says Zheng, 40.

16 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Local snapshots to savour

Hong Kong authors are a highly reflective, melancholy lot, if those represented in a new collection of short stories are typical. The quiet, slow pace of their storytelling and their proximity to our natural selves contrasts sharply with this city's less personal commercial pulse.

5 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Special issue to celebrate magazine's 25th birthday

A special issue of Renditions, titled: 'There and Back Again: the Chinese 'Urban Youth' Generation', published to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Mao Zedong's directives to send educated youth to the countryside, is the highlight of a roving exhibition.

The exhibition marks the 25th anniversary of the bi-annual magazine.

9 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Pretty words are not practical

I READ with profound disbelief and sickness two recent articles by Tsang Yok-sing in your Tuesday column. If the party leader of a well-known left-wing political party has nothing better to do than flaunt his Chinese literary skill or to criticise the non-Chinese-speaking Governor for the lack of it, could he be so kind as not to waste the precious space of this column?

8 Oct 1993 - 12:00am