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