As the population in the countryside grew, huge numbers of workers joined the shopkeepers, merchants, and artisans, who jammed the cities. The focus of Chinese life, like the tax base, shifted from the countryside to the town and cities. New, popular, art forms developed alongside the traditional arts of the rich. Storytellers wandered the streets charming audiences with yarns, jokes, and folk tales. These stories, written down, formed the basis of the Chinese novel and drama.
Below are a few examples of the style of poetry written during the Song dynasty. Enjoy!!
The Lantern Festival by Ou-yang Hsiu (1007-1072)
Enjoying The Peonies At The Temple of Good Fortune by Su Shih (1036-1101)
In myold age I adorn myself with flowers, but blush not;
It is the flowers that should blush for decking an old man's head.
Half tipsy I fumble along home, and men must be laughing at me,
For along the road half the folks have hooked up their blinds.
The Color of Life by Ssu-K'ung Tu (834-908)
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