The Art Of Ancient Poetry

Why Do Students Learn Ancient Poems?

Delve into the reasons behind why our students study the art of ancient poetry and how it can help thinking processes and language ability.

The ancient Chinese poems use straightforward language to express rich content. To fully understand old poems, one must experience the artistic conception, comprehend the connotation of the poems, and have a rich imagination. We use the poem itself as a starting point to mobilize creativity and immerse readers in the poem's artistic conception. Just as the poem 《所見》, 牧童騎黃牛,歌聲振林樾。意欲捕鳴蟬,忽然閉口立。For example, the poet uses only four lines to outline the Shepherd boy's sound, emotion, expression, and attitude. Students can use key contents such as the Shepherd boy 牧童, the cow 黃牛, the singing 歌聲, the woods 樹林, and the cicada 鸣蝉 from the poem, mixed with personal understanding and creation, to construct an imaginary picture. This helps to improve students' creative thinking and language ability.

During the study of ancient poems, students can recreate poems according to their own imaginations, which is a great benefit to the development of their creative thinking skills. Students can also grasp a general understanding of the setting and content depicted in the poem while reading. In addition, some contents are reconstructed and combined with imagination to form a new picture, strengthening students' understanding of ancient poems. Under this learning process, students are playing a leading role in learning. Their way of thinking has changed from image thinking to abstract thinking, which improves their reading and writing skills and helps in all aspects of development.

Ancient poetry has a unique aesthetic function, integrating beautiful pictures and beautiful artistic conception with literature and art. Primary school students can be influenced by aesthetic feelings while learning ancient poetry. Ancient poems allow people to appreciate and perceive aesthetics and give enlightenment and wisdom, sublimate their thoughts and sentiments, and improve their ability to appreciate aesthetic ability. Primary school students' aesthetic ability is still in its infancy, and a complete system has not yet been formed. Instead of analyzing the connotation and value of beauty, they rely on appearances to directly conclude the beauty and ugliness of things. Ancient poems reflect a kind of inner beauty with subtle emotions. Poems contain the poet's ambitions and feelings. Teachers can guide students to analyze the old poems based on the writing backgrounds and the poet's situation, expand students' aesthetic vision and improve their sense and standards for aesthetics.


In addition, ancient poems express the poet's understanding of society and contain the wisdom and ideology of the people. Therefore, it can inspire students to cherish a happy life, inspire students' love of their motherland, cherish friendship, and love nature. It also teaches students some principles of life, influences students in subtle ways, makes them develop good moral qualities, and promotes students to develop into well rounded young people.

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