Poetry Project for Chinese Calligraphy

Calligraphy is the art of beautiful writing.  Writing; so it must be meaningful.  As a project for a beginner’s calligraphy course, a poem may be too demanding.  However, individual characters within that poem are achievable and may be built upon to complete the project in the weeks to come.

I have heard from MOSAIC that I will have another composite class of half beginners and some advanced students next term, beginning 3rd May.  The project I have chosen for them must suit everyone to some degree.

For this purpose I have chosen a Tang Dynasty poem written by Linghu Chu  令狐楚(766/768 – 837); an ode to spring (遊春詞).  In fact we are just slipping into autumn here, but I imagine it will be spring by the time all the students  manage to achieve this goal, a poem that celebrates the first flower that signals the arrival of spring.

IMG_4071高樓曉見一花開,便覺春光四面來。

暖日晴雲知次第,東風不用更相催。

The calligraphy is set in a traditional/classical format; that is, from top right corner down, in columns from right to left.

 

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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5 Responses to Poetry Project for Chinese Calligraphy

  1. angela1313 says:

    Characters i recognize! Not all, but enough to tempt me to translate what I’m not sure of. It is spring here now, it will make a nice exercise. Then I will “grade” myself when you post about it.

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  2. wfdec says:

    The little I learned at the RAAF school of languages was enough to make me see the poetry that exists in every character. It is really quite marvelous.

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  3. taphian says:

    I wish I would understand what the poet said, Mary.

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