On July 22, 2017, the Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan invited Professor Peter S Li to give a lecture on ancient Chinese poetry.
Peter S Li， Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2015. He has very good knowledge and practice in ancient Chinese poetry. In 2015, the U of S CI published his first collection of poems “Sunset at Maple Tree Forest” including 200 of his poems in ancient poetic styles.
His lecture this time was entitled “Looking into the past: How to appreciate poetry of the Tang Dynasty, the Song Dynasty and the Yuan Dynasty”. Based on his knowledge and understanding of the three different genres of Chinese ancient literary forms, he shared his experience in appreciating ancient Chinese poetry and how to dare into writing one’s own poetry in ancient poetic styles. To illustrate his points more clearly, he even invited some audience to sing the representative of Yuanqu of the Yuan Dynasty “Yangzhouman”. By the end of the lecture, Prof. Li presented his collection of poems “Sunset at Maple Tree Forest” with his own signature to some lucky audience.
Lecture by Prof. Peter S. Li
Singing of ancient poetry by the audience