“Three Perfections” Starts from Classical Chinese Poetry

To be good at classical Chinese poetry, calligraphy, and traditional Chinese painting, i.e., shi 诗, shu 书, and hua 画, has been the goal of traditional Chinese literati for nearly two thousand years. Poetry, the systematic training of which had started around the 6th century B.C.E. in China, is the first of the “Three Perfections,” sanjue 三绝. The DAMELL and Project for Calligraphy and Manuscript Culture offer regular courses on all the three of them at Dartmouth, i.e., CH 54, CH 62.01, CH 63.01 and CH 82. Well trained in classical Chinese poetry, Prof. Chuanxi Chen (PhD in Classical Chinese Literature) authored two anthologies of classical Chinese poetry, Liaoyan 了言 and Huanjian 还剑, before he concentrated on Chinese art history. Prof. Chen is invited to visit CH 54 “Classical Chinese Poetry” to give a talk and demonstration of drafting classical Chinese poems with traditional Chinese ink and brush during 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM, Thursday, October 23, 2014. Below are Prof. Chen’s poems, calligraphy and painting.