First and foremost: congrats to second period for their victory in our first attempt at Thesis Statement Bootcamp! We’ll be starting a new round, so if your class didn’t win donuts this time, don’t despair: you can still win a delicious reward by the end of the semester.
As to your homework– you should have picked up the packet of three examples of Tang and Song dynasty poetry, all on the subject of warfare. As you read each of the poems, think about the historical, cultural, and political context which surrounds each poem. You’ll need to complete the series of questions which follow each poem on a separate sheet of paper– I want you to hold on to the packet as a whole, and just turn in your answers.
If you have lost your packet, never fear: you can follow the links below to each of the three poems and questions:
- Li Bo, “Fighting South of the Ramparts” (Song Dynasty)
- Du Fu, “A Song of War Chariots” (Song Dynasty)
- Yue Fei, “Poem to Be Sung to the Tune of ‘Full River Red'” (Tang Dynasty)
Happy reading, and stay warm out there!