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Ancient Chinese verse
One of the oldest of the Chinese patterns and in the 3rd century AD the Jue Ju was very popular. It often carried "suggestively erotic themes". It does not tell a story but attempts to create a mood.

The basic rhythmic unit of Chinese poem is a single character (zi), which is pronounced as one syllable. In English, the word represented by the character might be more than one syllable. Originally the Jue Ju was composed in 5 character lines. By the Tang era, the 8th century it had evolved to a 7 character pattern and became fundamental to Chinese poetry.

The elements of Jue Ju are:

metered, 5 or 7 characters, or word lines. (lines should be the same length)
composed of 4 lines.
often erotic.
compared to Western poetry could be considered terse and compressed.


 
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