You will be analyzing different works of art and poetry from the Tang Dynasty (China 816-907) to evaluate the cultural development of the time period.
Some reminders for this assignment.....
.For the Art chart -- Use bullets of full complete ideas and thoughts. Do not use quotes. DO NOT COPY AND PASTE. Draw on prior knowledge as well as listed resources. 4 Art entries with Images. Text must be typed.
For the poetry article -- Answer the questions completely, but remember these are short answer ... 1 paragraph per number and use complete sentences.
Complete the resource sheet “Art During the Tang Dynasty,” by selecting and examining four examples of artwork. Choose from the various links and books here to complete the assignment :
Metropolitan Museum of Art’s online collection (Tang)
Grove Art – Our database use passwords
To better understand the role poetry played in the Tang society, read the article from Burton Watson …Tang Poetry… (below) answer the questions below based on information from the article.
To open the article copy the title of the article --go to our databases for Go to our link to EBSCO Host -- use this URL http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=uid Use our school Library's database user name and password. ....open the Literary Reference Center -- Paste the article title to open the correct article. .... Read the article to answer the 3 items below.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION (from the Watson article)
1. What functions did poetry play in traditional Chinese society? What motives would lead an educated Chinese man or woman to compose poetry? What were looked on as the qualifications for writing poetry?
2. Why was poetry writing one of the requirements for persons taking the civil service exams? What good or bad effects might this have had on the development of poetry in Tang times? (Note that poetry was easy to grade on technical grounds. Also that making it a requirement on the exam meant that persons from all over the Chinese empire had to master the system of rhymes in use in the capital are, i.e., to learn the standard Chinese pronunciation of the time.)
3. What themes seem to be most important in Chinese poetry? What themes that are of major importance in other poetic traditions absent or of minor importance? What characteristics of Chinese society or thought does this reflect?
As a learning extension, you may wish to examine these representative poems of the Tang Dynasty:
Poem: Amidst the Flowers a Jug of Wine, by Li Po (http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/amidst-the-flowers-a-jug-of-wine/)
Poem: Drinking Alone, by Li Po (http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/drinking-alone/)
Poem: Visiting the Taoist Priest Dai Tianshan But Not Finding Him, by Li Po (http://www.chinese-poems.com/lb16.html)
Poem: Reading Laozi, by Bo Juyi http://www.chinese-poems.com/bj10.html
Via Lisa Allen