Famous Chinese Poem Scrolls and Calligraphy Paintings
History of Chinese Poetry
The history of Chinese poetry stretches back almost 2700 years to the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC). Records are scarce before that time because the first Chinese Emperor, Qin Shi Huang destroyed all the books that could be located. The styles, rules, and regulations for Chinese poetry gradually changed over the centuries until the time of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). This became the golden age for Chinese poetry.
During that time a number of prolific poets turned out as many as 50,000 classical poems. All aspects of Chinese society highly regarded these poets. There was even a "poetry exam" to enter into the Imperial service. Seven character lines following the yuefu style became very popular. Much attention was paid to the tones of the characters as well as rhymes. Rhyming has always been considered the key element of good poetry. Poetry is considered to be the most important of Chinese art forms, but it is often combined with other forms.
Poetry, paintings, and calligraphy are three of these art forms that are highly regarded that go particularly well together. Many poets were also excellent painters and calligraphers. A poem would be written to match a painting (or vice-versa) and then inscribed into the foreground of the painting with traditional Chinese calligraphy. This gives the paintings deeper meaning and more elegance. It is common to find this type of poetry, calligraphy art hanging in people's homes. Often times the paintings feature plum blossoms, pine trees, or bamboo and the poems teach various virtues or describe the beauty of nature.
We have compiled a number of famous Chinese poems for custom made calligraphy scrolls. These are a tasteful way of adding elegant Asian decor to your own home.