An Introduction to Literary Chinese by Michael A. Fuller

By Michael A. Fuller

This textbook for starting scholars includes 35 classes of more and more trouble designed to introduce scholars to the fundamental styles of Classical chinese language and to offer them perform in examining various texts. the teachings are established to motivate scholars to maneuver past reliance at the glossaries supplied within the textual content and to turn into more and more conversant in dictionaries and different reference works. The creation to the ebook summarizes the grammar of Literary chinese language. half I provides 8 classes on components of speech, verbs, negatives, and the fundamental sentence constructions. each one lesson encompasses a grammatical assessment, a quick textual content with word list and notes, and perform workouts. half II comprises 16 intermediate-level classes in line with more and more lengthy and complicated texts. The advanced-level, half III, specializes in choices from 5 very important early chinese language authors. half IV has six classes in response to Tang and tune dynasty prose and poetry. Appendixes offer extra discussions of grammatical matters, chronologies and maps, and a word list of functionality phrases.

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When Yiian Tsai fell from power in the spring of 777, Han Hui was exiled with the rest of the Yiian party. 25 Han Yii was eleven when his brother arrived to assume his post as prefect of Shao-chou. " 26 It was during these several years in Shaochou that the young scholar began to compose serious com­ positions and to participate in adult literati society. 27 Han Hui died in late 780 or early 781, and his widow, now in charge of the family, undertook the arduous journey north to bury her husband in the ancestral cemetery at Ho-yang.

To Hou Hsi" is a subtle fusion of humor and despair that develops as a variation on the tradi­ tional metaphor of catching a fish as an analogy for seeking a position. "74 The second poem is "Mountain Boulders," well known to readers through its inclusion in the anthology Three Hundred T'ang Poems: Mountain boulders in jagged profusion a walking trail concealed, In yellow twilight we reach a temple bats swarm above. We climb to the hall, sit on the stairs, plenteous the recent rains, on the banana tree big leaves flush jasmine flowers.

Lu Chih put faith in Liang Su who, together with Ts'ui Yiian-han, recommended scholars with real ability. The Life of Han Yii When the results were announced, many were dissatis­ fied. 42 The mention of Ts'ui Yiian-han is significant. Ts'ui had served as Ma Sui's secretary in the 780s and was involved in Han Yii's fortunes at the 793 Placing Examination the following year. Han Yii's own account of his 792 chin-shih success is best read in the light of the T'ang hui-yao text: When the Prime Minister Lu Chih supervised the ex­ aminations, he examined the papers very carefully.

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