Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Sonnet on a Chinese Vase

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Sonnet on a Chinese Vase
The Messenger Volume 55. No. 5 1929
Sonnet on a Chinese Vase by Alice Richardson

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Description

A short poem written by Alice Richardson that describes the decoration adorning a Chinese vase, specifically the serpent dragon. Richardson notes that serpents play a positive role in Chinese culture history that is betrayed on the Chinese vase, as it is shown to be monstrous, ugly, and gaudy. Similarly to the poem "The Song of the 'Chinese Nightingale'", this poem sheds light on Chinese culture in a respectable way, highlighting its important images and artistic techniques showing that the author, a Westhampton College woman, has an interest in Chinese culture.

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Virginia Baptist Historical Society
Richmond, VA

Date

1929

Contributor

Caroline Weber

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Citation

Catherine Branch, “Sonnet on a Chinese Vase,” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed October 29, 2020, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/71.