As Above, So Below

Navigation

Mouse:
< and > buttons

Mouseover posts to use scroll wheel

Keyboard:
J/K or LEFT/RIGHT arrow keys

UP/DOWN and HOME/END
activate when you click anywhere on a post background

The Star Gauge
Chinese poet and palindromist Su Hui lost her husband to a concubine in the fourth century. To console her grief and to lure him back, she composed an ingenious array of 841 characters that can be read forward, backward, horizontally, vertically, and diagonally.
Each seven-character segment corresponds to a poetic line, and can be read in either direction. At the end of each segment, “you encounter a junction of meridians and can choose which direction to go,” explains anthologist David Hinton. “You can begin anywhere, and the poem ends after four lines have been chosen. This structure generates 2,848 possible poems.”
It’s said that Su Hui’s husband was so moved that he sent away the concubine and rejoined her.
(via Futility Closet) High-res

The Star Gauge

Chinese poet and palindromist Su Hui lost her husband to a concubine in the fourth century. To console her grief and to lure him back, she composed an ingenious array of 841 characters that can be read forward, backward, horizontally, vertically, and diagonally.

Each seven-character segment corresponds to a poetic line, and can be read in either direction. At the end of each segment, “you encounter a junction of meridians and can choose which direction to go,” explains anthologist David Hinton. “You can begin anywhere, and the poem ends after four lines have been chosen. This structure generates 2,848 possible poems.”

It’s said that Su Hui’s husband was so moved that he sent away the concubine and rejoined her.

(via Futility Closet)

Recent comments

Blog comments powered by Disqus

Notes

  1. herearetwoboops reblogged this from metaconscious
  2. spaceknit reblogged this from metaconscious and added:
    Click through here for David Hinton’s Hi-Res translation of the image
  3. thistlegirl reblogged this from metaconscious
  4. theskepticdervish reblogged this from metaconscious
  5. then-came-a-knock-on-the-door reblogged this from thoughtbreeder
  6. dirgefunkrecords reblogged this from metaconscious
  7. gypsyheretic reblogged this from metaconscious
  8. orekane reblogged this from metaconscious
  9. chinchowdoll reblogged this from metaconscious
  10. tikapallani reblogged this from metaconscious
  11. thoughtbreeder reblogged this from metaconscious
  12. fightflightfornicate reblogged this from vixenviv
  13. bodegababe reblogged this from vixenviv
  14. loveisthewateroflife reblogged this from metaconscious
  15. mycatisdeadandalive reblogged this from adullgoldheart
  16. adullgoldheart reblogged this from metaconscious
  17. tectusregis reblogged this from metaconscious
  18. cowabara reblogged this from metaconscious
  19. metaconscious posted this