What is generation poem?

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Generation Name - Generation Poem
... The sequence of generation is typically prescribed and kept in record by a generation poem (banci lian 班次聯 or paizi ge 派字歌 in Chinese) specific to each lineage ... While it may have a mnemonic function, these poems can vary in length from around a dozen characters to hundreds of characters ... Each successive character becomes the generation name for successive generations ...

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