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How to Read Chinese Poetry Podcast Program

This podcast presents the highlights of the acclaimed book How to Read Chinese Poetry: A Guided Anthology by Columbia University Press to a broad general audience. The podcast consists of 52 episodes, covering the major poetic genres developed from antiquity to the modern era. A team of leading experts guides listeners to explore the rich heritage of Chinese poetry, poem by poem, genre by genre, and dynasty by dynasty. Each episode provides a deep but pleasurable discussion of one or more famous poems and their cultural milieu. Special efforts will be made to demonstrate how the poems work in the original language to create a fascinating yet untranslatable kind of poetic beauty. Poems are read aloud in English and Mandarin, and for Tang and Song poetry in Cantonese as well, to the background of classical Chinese qin music. Chinese texts, English translations and romanizations, and brief notes are provided at howtoreadchinesepoetry.com.

Beginning on Feb. 1, the Chinese New Year’s Day, of 2022, the 52 episodes will be released, one per week, over one year’s time. Broadcasting channels include Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Ximalaya.

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