Other literary forms

(World Poets and Poetry)

Several of the rhyme-prose works—quasi-poetic compositions incorporating rhyme and rhythm—of Ruan Ji (ron jee) are lengthy effusions, extending to many hundreds of lines, and are celebrated for their novel profundity of thought in their treatment of such themes as “The Doves,” “The Monkey,” “Biography of the Great Man,” and “Essay on Music.” Other essays discuss philosophical issues in the Daoist tradition—critical interpretations of Laozi, Zhuangzi, and the Yijing (eighth to third century b.c.e.; English translation, 1876; also known as Book of Changes, 1986).