|The lushi is a Chinese verse form that was popular during the Tang dynasty (618-907). It is an eight-line poem consisting of rhymed couplets with five or seven syllables per line. (Each line has a strict tonal pattern.) The first couplet is for exposition (qi) of the subject, the second and third couplets are for development (cheng) of the topic, and the fourth couplet is for conclusion (he) of the verse. The second and third couplets exhibit parallelism in construction. Various rhyme schemes are possible, for example AABBCCDD or ABABCDCD.
Tonal meter in lushi is a complex process in which the poet needs to alternate level and oblique tones both between and within lines, but these tonal and pitch features of Chinese poetry are impossible to achieve in English. Any meter will suffice, but a dactyl ( – ˘ ˘ ) followed by a choriamb ( – ˘ ˘ – ) works well for me.
Couplets of lushi should rhyme;
Mid-Autumn Day in Suzhou...
Keeping its rules within sight,