." Chinese poetry
form appearing during the late Tang Dynasty
and into the Song Dynasty
. Marked by irregular line length and elements from spoken or colloquial language
. It originated with sing-song girls
who put new words to old tunes. Eventually refined into an elegant art form.
If it seems a bit odd, think of "The Star-Spangled Banner
," the various lyrics to "Greensleeves
/What Child Is This
", and so on.
On the other hand, the ci form is basically a fancified version of, well, filk