Tang Poetry and Song Ci
Tang Poetry represents the highest achievement of Chinese poetry. There were many distinguished poets in the Tang Dynasty, including Li Bai, and Bai Juyi, who are world-famous. There are various forms of Tang Poetry, such as pre-Tang poetry, regular poems, and short poems. Regular poems and short poems can also be divided into pentasyllabic and heptasyllabic according to the charaters contained in each line. There is an enormous collection of Tang Poetry, with a wide range of subjects, styles, and schools. Its artistic charm touches everyone deeply. Song Ci is anther summit in the history of classical Chinese literature. Tang Poetry and Song Ci have
consistently been called the two literary giants. The main form of Song Ci is a king of poetry that chiefly consists of seven-character lines interspersed with shorter and longer ones. The writers poetize according to particular tunes. There are two major styles of Song Ci, called the Powerful and Free School, and the Soft and Tuneful School. Xin Qiji, Su Shi, Liu Yong and Li Qingzhao are the representatives of the two schools.