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Sunday Scribblings #131: Drawing Happy Parallels With the Lushi

Another new year begins, this time, it is the start of the Year of the Rabbit per the Chinese calendar. First, wishing all who celebrate it, a wonderful New Year – Xīnnián kuàilè” (新年快乐) // Xīnnián hǎo” (新年好) // “Gong hei fat choy” (恭喜发财)!! Today, as I contemplate various things, including happiness, I decided I should be drawing happy parallels using the lushi poetic form from China.

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Poetic Sundays: Drawing Happy Parallels With the Lushi

Last year on this Sunday, I attempted to work with Parallelismus Membrorum given National Opposite Day is on the 25th. Read more about that in the linked post. Today, I explore parallelism once again, but keeping in mind the start of the Chinese New Year, am featuring a poetic form from China that does so – the lushi.

What is the Lushi Poetic Form?

An important classical Chinese poetic form, the lushi is an eight-line regulated verse form with lines made up of five, six, or seven characters. While the six-character version is rarer, both the five and seven character verses are more commonly seen. Regulated verse means that

  • all lines are of even length (for lushi, as noted earlier, can 5, 6, or 7 characters , or when writing in English – words)
  • rhyme is mandatory: here, even lines are monorhymed
  • parallelism is used in the poems. In the lushi, the third and fouth lines are parallel to each other, as are the fifth and sixth. The Chinese lushi poems employ tonal parallelism which is not easily possible in English, so we could use grammatical or literary parallelism instead.
  • a caesura, or pause, precedes the last three characters/words of every line

A Lushi Poem’s Characteristics

So a lushi poem’s elements are that at its most basic, it is:

  • stanzaic: is a single stanza of 8 lines
  • word-based: each line must have the same number of words (can be either 5, 6, or 7)
  • rhymed: even numbered lines have a monorhyme
  • employing a caesura in each line, breaking it into halves
  • one that uses internal parallelism in the middle two couplets, with the, the third and fourth line being parallel with each other and the fifth and sixth lines being parallel with each other

h/t: wikipedia, allpoetry, Britannica, poetscollective,

My Lushi Attempt

Is work in progress


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Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings

So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post. And do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month?

Linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon. And of course to the Ultimate Blog Challenge as well!

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