Other literary forms

(World Poets and Poetry)

Tao Qian (tow chee-EHN) is known primarily as a poet. Among his extant works are two fu rhyme-prose compositions (that is, rhythmic and occasionally rhymed prose), the renowned “Return” in ci form (another quasi-poetic genre), a letter to an acquaintance, prefaces, seven can collophons (envois), a biographical note on an official colleague, several essays, obituaries, and the celebrated “Record of the Peach Grove.”