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The Heptametrical Regulated Verse Of He Zhu, 1075–98

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One hundred sixty dated “Recent Style Verse with Long Lines” are found in the sixth, seventh, and tenth juan of Fanghui’s collected poems. In contrast to Ancient Verses and Songs, heptametrical Regulated Verses are never written by He Zhu in the context of a group poetry session. On the other hand, Fanghui included, this is the form of choice for social purposes: as a poem to be sent to someone, to be composed when seeing off someone, to be left behind when leaving someone, and so on. If Ancient Verse was the appropriate medium for Fanghui to record his visits to the ancient cities of Ye or Handan, heptametrical Regulated Verse joins the toolkit for celebrating Xuzhou. During his interlude in the capital after Liyang, Fanghui leaves twice as many heptametrical Regulated Verses as pentametrical.

Keywords: Fanghui; He Zhu; heptametrical regulated verse; Liyang; Xuzhou



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