Join Dr Theresa Munford, Chinese literature teacher, for this opportunity to explore Chinese poetry from the Tang Dynasty (618 – 906). Each week we will introduce a Chinese poet and explore one of their poems. We will uncover the poem’s language, imagery, and symbolism, illustrated by objects in the Museum’s collection. No previous experience or knowledge of Chinese language is required.
Workshop 1: Li Bai
In our first poetry workshop we will be exploring the life and work of Li Bai (701 – 762), looking at his poem ‘Thoughts on a Quiet Night’. This is a poem that almost every Chinese person knows by heart and is often recited when families come together, especially at the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Its simple structure, vocabulary and imagery offer the perfect first step in our exploration of Tang poetry.
You will be sent a digital pack with the Zoom event link and all the printable event materials, including the Chinese-Pin Yin poem, English translations, and a Chinese character puzzle. We recommend that you have a cup of Chinese tea on hand too, to fully immerse yourself in the experience.
Previous event participants have described this workshop as:
“One of the best online museum activities I have attended, both for learning content and technical presentation”
“[Theresa] was extremely knowledgeable and conducted the session in the perfect manner – scholarly but not too formal”.
Choose to join ALL six workshops and save 20%. Use discount code POETRY20 at checkout when you added six workshops to your basket.
You can also join individual workshops on a drop-in basis.
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