The Immortal Classical Chinese Poetry season 2
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The Immortal Classical Chinese Poetry season 2

Learn Chinese language and culture series
5.0 (1 rating)
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Created by Hong Zeng
Last updated 5/2017
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  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • The students will learn a wide range of Chinese vocabularies, for example, vocabularies describing Nature, emotion, major human conditions and express theselves in these terms.
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Requirements
  • The course is for all levels. The vocabulary lists are provided from the most basic to the advanced level, however, it is highly preferably that the students have taken season 1 of Immortal classical Chinese poetry to have a comprehensive picture of the major poets, and haven't taken my "College Mandarin Chinese on Your Own Beginning Level" so they are acquainted with the basic sound and writing system of Chinese as well as some elementary vocabularies.
Description

    Hello everyone, the season 2 of “The Immortal Classical Chinese poetry: Learn Chinese language and Culture series” is launched! Like its predecessor season 1, this course will allow you to learn a wide range of Chinese language (such as language describing Nature, emotion, basic topics of human existence) by learning the breath-taking, immortal beauty of the original works of other most famous classical Chinese poets beyond Li Po, Wang Wei and Tu Fu, including Tang Dynasty poets such as the landscape poet Meng Haoran, the defiant poet ghost Li Ho, Li Shangyin, the obscure poet of passion and renunciation, Tao Yuanming and Han-shan Te-Ching, two renowned Taoist hermit poets in Jin and Ming Dynasty. These two seasons of Immortal Classical Chinese poetry will give you a comprehensive as well as in-depth picture of the most famous classical Chinese poets, especially the poets in the Tang Dynasty, the Golden Age of China as well as classical Chinese poetry.

    More than any other countries, classical Chinese poetry is given the most prominent and exalted status, which not only shapes Chinese language, literature, arts, philosophy and religion, but also Chinese history and politics. Chinese scholar-officials are invariably good poets who had passed Civic Entrance Exams with good grades and became high officials by composing excellent poetry and to a lesser extent, great essays. Moreover, the language of classical Chinese poetry is surprisingly similar to modern Chinese language, therefore it is very adaptable to the language use in daily life. To the very few vocabularies that changes their usage in time, the course will explain carefully and provide the modern equivalent.

      Each poem is taught in three lectures: the first lecture teaches the language of the poem. Vocabulary lists are provided and taught to recite and to use in modern situation, the literal meaning of each poetic line is explained in great detail, and each poetic line is led to recite and memorize, because the vocabulary lists include vocabularies from the most basic to the advanced, any level of Chinese students can take the course, although it is advisable to take my College Mandarin Chinese on Your Own Beginning Level so that you are knowledgeable of the Chinese pinyin and writing system and basic Chinese vocabularies. The second lecture teaches in English the poetic implication, the relationship between its poetic form and meaning, composition method and philosophical influence of the poem, so that you understand and appreciate the cultural implication of the poem in greatest depth. The third lecture is a music recitation video made with my recitation (which you can read after), beautiful classical Chinese music and painting, so that you can further familiarize and memorize the language of the poem, and appreciate the immortal, living beauty of these poems. 

   Through learning these two seasons of Immortal Classical Chinese Poetry Course in combination you will be able to take greatest pride in yourself in being able to understand the major poets of classical Chinese poetry whose works have amazing homology with Chinese arts, philosophy and religion and shapes Chinese history for thousands of years. While you take the aesthetic flight, your Chinese skill will also improve drastically with the wide range of vocabularies and expression in human existence you acquired in these two courses.

 

Who is the target audience?
  • Chinese students interested in learning Chinese language and culture
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Curriculum For This Course
46 Lectures
04:51:35
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Introduction
1 Lecture 03:48
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Meng Haoran: landscape poet
7 Lectures 27:56

This lecture introduces in general terms the life and poetic works of Meng Haoran. 

Preview 04:53

This lecture teaches and practices the language of the poem. Vocabulary
list is provided and you are taught to recite the vocabularies and how
to use them in modern situation. I provided the Chinese character text,
pinyin sound text and English translation text of the poem in my power
point video, usually one passage of the poem on one slide. The literal
meaning of each poetic line is explained in English for you to
understand the poem phrase by phrase and line by line, and I will teach
you to recite the poem line by line twice. You will read after me and
try to imitate as closely as possible my pronunciation and tones.
Because the vocabulary lists include vocabularies from the most basic to
the advanced, any level of Chinese students can take the course,
although it is advisable to take my College Mandarin Chinese on Your Own
Beginning Level so that you are knowledgeable of the Chinese pinyin and
writing system and basic Chinese vocabularies.

Preview 09:00

This lecture teaches in English the poetic implication of the poem, the
relationship between its poetic form and meaning, its composition method
and Chinese philosophical influence on the poem, so that you understand
and appreciate the cultural implication of the poem in greatest
possible depth.

Preview 04:06

This lecture is a music recitation video made with my recitation of the poem, matched with beautiful classical Chinese music and painting, so that you can further familiarize and memorize the language of the poem, and appreciate the immortal, living beauty of the poem. In my recitation, I left space between the lines so that you can follow me to read line by line, and watch the video for multiple times until you memorize the poem.

Preview 00:41

Following the corresponding part of lecture description as provided for the above poem. 

Preview 07:00

Meng Haoran "Spring Sleep" poetry analysis
01:43

Meng Haoran "Spring Sleep" musical recitation video
00:33
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Li Shangyin: obscure poet of passion and renunciation
7 Lectures 48:13
Introduction of Li Shangyin's Life and Poetic Work
07:10

Li Shangyin "Chang O" text practice
13:33

Li Shangyin "Chang O" poetry analysis
05:13

Li Shangyin "Chang O" musical recitation video
00:46

Li Shangyin "Brocade Zither" text practice
16:52

Li Shangyin "Brocade Zither" poetry analysis
03:18

Li Shangyin "Brocade Zither" musical recitation video
01:21
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Li Poet: Defiant Poet Ghost
18 Lectures 02:12:08
Introduction of Li Ho's life and poetic work
06:08

Li Ho "Su Xiaoxiao Tomb" text practice
12:44

Li Ho "Su Xiaoxiao Tomb" poetry analysis
05:01

Li Ho "Su Xiaoxiao Tomb" musical recitation video
01:06

Li Ho "Autumn Comes" text practice
13:16

Li Ho "Autumn Comes" poetry analysis
01:32

Li Ho "Autumn Comes" musical recitation video
01:11

Li Ho "Lament" text practice
19:14

Li Ho "Lament" poetry analysis
01:50

Li Ho "Lament" musical recitation video
02:00

Li Ho "Libation of the King of Ch'in" text practice part 1
19:11

Li Ho "Libation of the King of Ch'in" text practice part 2
10:58

Li Ho "Libation of the King of Ch'in" poetry analysis
03:00

Li Ho "Libation of the King of Ch'in" musical recitation video
02:25

Li Ho "Ballad of K'ung Hou" text practice part 1
20:13

Li Ho "Ballad of K'ung Hou" text practice part 2
07:00

Li Ho "Ballad of K'ung Hou" poetry analysis
03:04

Li Ho "Ballad of K'ung Hou" musical recitation video
02:15
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Han-Shan Te-Ch'in and Tao Yuanming: the fragility of Taoist, Zen impertubility
11 Lectures 01:09:44
Introduction of Han-Shan De-Chin's life and poetic work
04:18

Han-Shan Te-Ch'in text practice
09:03

Han-Shan Te-Ch'in poetry analysis
01:53

Han-Shan Te-Ch'in musical recitation video
00:41

Introduction of Tao Yuanming's Life and Poetic Work
10:59

Tao Yuanming "Micellanies" text practice
17:08

Tao Yuanming "Micellanies" poetry analysis
03:20

Tao Yuanming "Micellanies" musical recitation video
01:28

Tao Yuanming "Elegy" text practice
16:29

Tao Yuanming "Elegy" poetry analysis
02:23

Tao Yuanming "Elegy" musical recitation video
02:02
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Summary and Conclusion
2 Lectures 09:45
Tensions and conflicts within the Taoist and Zen impacted classical poetry
09:42

Bonus Lecture My website of Chinese language/culture of free contents and others
00:03
About the Instructor
Hong Zeng
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5,042 Students
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Professor of Chinese language and literature; comparative literature; film study

I am an award-winning professor of Chinese, director of "Hong Zeng's Chinese Language and Culture". I have taught Mandarin Chinese at all levels in prestigious American colleges altogether for 16 years. I have taught nine years as a tenure-track professor of Chinese at Carleton College, ranked No. 1 in undergraduate teaching in all liberal arts colleges in America, and have directed the Chinese program for two years at Hamline University (the first university in Minnesota). In both my second year coming to Carleton and Hamline, I more than doubled their Beginning Chinese Class enrollment. I have also taught at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I have two PhDs, one in Chinese and comparative literature from UNC, Chapel Hill, the other in second language education, literary translation and English literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University. I have published five books in America (including two from Macmillan) on Chinese and comparative literature, film study, language study and language philosophy that are well-endorsed by world-renowned experts and book review journals in my field. I have earned 30000 dollars large grant from Asian Network in Chinese study.