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Qiyan jueju (七言絕句; abbr. qijue 七絕), known in Japan as shichigon-zekku (七言絶句?) is a type of jueju poetry form consisting of four phrases each seven Chinese characters (or kanji) in length.

Shichigon-zekku are the most common form of classical Chinese poems (kanshi), and the standard form of shigin (Japanese chanted poetry).


In composing Shichigon-zekku, the character of the phrases (zekku) is important. The rules are as follows:

  • First phrase kiku (起句?, "bringing into being"): Depiction of the scene
  • Second phrase shoku (承句?, "understanding"): Add further illustration and detail to the kiku
  • Third phrase tenku (転句?, "changing"): By changing the scene of action, reveal the true essence of the poem
  • Fourth phrase kekku (結句?, "drawing together"): In assimilating the tenku draw together and complete the poem


  • Example of qiyan jueju:



"Spring of the South"

Thousands miles of birds' singing, light green along the Yangtze river;
Ponds and hills circling the village with flags in the soothing wind;
Amid the four hundred and eighty temples of the South dynasty;
How many terraces are in the misty cold rains?

Du Mu (杜牧)
  • Example of shichigon-zekku:



"Mount Fuji"

This great peak above the clouds, where hermit-wizards came for sport
The deep pools of whose caverns holy dragons have inhabited from old
The snow is like white silk, the rising smoke like a handle
A great white fan inverted, in the heavens above the eastern sea

—Ishikawa Jozan (石川丈山)

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