I already have some basic knowledge of this in general, from mandarin and cantonese vocab. However, I am dipping my toes into poetry and thought an actual resource of rhyming for characters would be good.

In my mind I am picturing a regular 詞典 or 字典, but with a simple marker of which of the five poetic tones it was.

I am open to a different style resource as well, as long as it is a website I can use on a phone that would be ideal.

Does not need to have any english entries etc.

  • You may be interested in this article about 平仄格律. bing.com/…
    – r13
    Feb 20, 2023 at 0:36
  • @r13 I am interested, this is very interesting for the overal structures. my main question was for things like 出 which in modern mandarin would look like 平 but I know from cantonese is classically 仄. I imagine there are such changes to things in ways I wouldn't recognize so easily.
    – zagrycha
    Feb 20, 2023 at 3:12
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    懂粵語的入應能提供其壓韻的技巧和規則,我拭目以待 :)
    – r13
    Feb 20, 2023 at 3:37
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    This is a must-read for 粵語聲調和字典中的標記. facebook.com/CantoneseMuseum/posts/1694221787254693
    – r13
    Feb 20, 2023 at 20:06
  • @r13 this is very helpful! now I just need to know if this is (almost) always true, or if there are many exceptions like where something that is currently 平 used to not be etc :)
    – zagrycha
    Feb 21, 2023 at 4:12

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five poetic tones it was

isn’t it four (平上去入) only?

try these:


i used this one to check the tone of syllable in cantonese


this one is an “online” version of 廣韻


i used this one to check the tone in various rhymes books

have fun :)

  • it is five, for example cantonese still has the 入 tones no longer in mandarin, which is a major reason classical works rhyme better in cantonese than mandarin (although not perfect). neither cantonese nor mandarin match perfectly, what with four and six tones each a bit different from those in classical poetry.
    – zagrycha
    Feb 20, 2023 at 3:03
  • I didn't see what I was hoping for at a glance on these, although they seem to perform subpar on a phone vs a computer unfortunately. I will keep looking to see if I find a part of them that works for me, if the rhyme dictionary is searchable and I can get it to work somehow that may do it.
    – zagrycha
    Feb 20, 2023 at 3:20

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