As we have seen this semester, poetry has been used for many different purposes in Chinese history: Confucians saw the earliest poetry as a view to the past and a guide to morals.

EAS 160 A3 Intro to Chinese Civilization
Response Paper 3: “Poetry and Personality”

As we have seen this semester, poetry has been used for many different purposes in Chinese history: Confucians saw the earliest poetry as a view to the past and a guide to morals. Legend has it that Qu Yuan wrote a poem to express his dissatisfaction with his ruler. In the Tang, poetry developed due to its ties to the lives of officials, and the idea that “poetry expresses aims” meant that people believed that one’s true self could be seen in one’s poems.
Imagine that you are an official designing a new exam system for the bureaucracy. Drawing on China’s history with poetry, what will you advocate? Should poetry composition be covered on the exam for selecting officials, or should the exam focus on other types of information? If yes, how will it be used? If no, what will take its place?
Responses should be between 500 and 750 words in length. You can use informal, inline citations in parentheses, for example (Hansen, p. 35) or (Analects, p. 11). Further instructions for response papers are found in the syllabus. Please do not include this prompt in your paper.
All papers will be checked by TurnItIn, an automated software package that detects plagiarism. No research outside of the assigned readings is necessary for this assignment. However, if you do conduct original research, be careful to include clear citations.

General Grading Guidelines:
An A paper will clearly state its author’s original arguments. It will provide an insightful interpretation of the prompt, and will clearly state an informed opinion on it. It will also use well chosen evidence, including quotations from the readings.
A B paper will show many of the characteristics of the A paper, but it fall short in some aspects. Its arguments may be less clearly presented, or it may use less convincing supporting evidence. The B paper may also demonstrate a less-thorough understanding of the readings, or use quotations in a less effective manner (for example, using irrelevant or overly long passages).

A C paper demonstrates little originality in its argument or its use of evidence, and is unclear in its presentation. It may cite sources inappropriate for the university environment, such as Wikipedia or other nonacademic websites.

A D paper does not adequately address the assigned topic, does not follow assignment
directions, or has other serious flaws.

Papers that are found to be plagiarized will be given a failing (F) grade and will be dealt with according to the Code of Academic Integrity. For more information, see the syllabus


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