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對聯賞析與創作The Appreciation and Composition of Couplets

2018-2019 School of Chinese Seminar

The Appreciation and Composition of Couplets

鄧昭祺教授 Professor Tang Chiu Kay

April 2, 2019 (Tuesday), 4:30-5:45pm
Rm730 Run Run Shaw Tower
Language: Cantonese


The couplet is an important Chinese cultural heritage. It is a combination of the artistry of using the Chinese language in a poetic manner and writing the Chinese characters in a beautiful way. Couplets are often composed for important occasions like the Spring Festival, weddings, birthdays, and funerals in Chinese communities worldwide. Since the Tang Dynasty, numerous excellent couplets have been composed, many of them being the combined effort of famous writers and distinguished calligraphers. Therefore, they are not only precious literary works but also valuable works of art. This talk discusses representative ancient and modern couplets from the perspectives of their content, artistry, and the rules of tonal and rhythmic patterns for their composition, with the aim of revealing the secrets of writing this genre.


Professor Tang Chiu Kay worked successively for HKU’s School of Chinese, SPACE, and Centennial College after graduating from HKU. Since 2016, he has been working as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Director of Centre for Asian Studies at Chu Hai College of Higher Education. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow of HKU’s Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole. His scholarly books include An Annotated Verification of Yuan Yishan’s “Lunshi Jueju”, Mind Your Language, An Annotated Audio Version of Sanzijing, and The Inspirations of Tao Zhu-gong. Last year, he was awarded a research grant by Hong Kong’s RGC for a project entitled “An Analytical Compilation of Chinese Couplets of Structures in Hong Kong”.