The book of odes and hymns

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Shijing 詩經 or Maoshi 毛詩 (

The oldest collection of Chinese poetry, more than three hundred songs, odes and hymns. Legge en and Granet fr, incomplete. While I do not see my lord, My sorrowful heart is agitated. The sorrow of my heart, — How can it cease? Straitened am I and poor, And no one takes knowledge of my distress.
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The poems in Da Ya are basically written by the nobles, while Xiao Ya contains both the poems of the nobles and folk songs. Shi Jing represents the great artistic achievement of ancient China, reflecting the social life, folk customs and tradition, and the institutional regulations of that time. At present, there are many annotated versions of Shi Jing. Many poems in Shi Jing are historical poems, and thus can be used as historical materials. The content can be divided into five categories in general:.

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It is one of the " Five Classics " traditionally said to have been compiled by Confucius , and has been studied and memorized by scholars in China and neighboring countries over two millennia. It is also a rich source of chengyu four-character classical idioms that are still a part of learned discourse and even everyday language in modern Chinese. Since the Qing dynasty , its rhyme patterns have also been analysed in the study of Old Chinese phonology. Early references refer to the anthology as the Poems shi. The Classic of Poetry contains the oldest chronologically authenticated Chinese poems. A final section of 5 "Eulogies of Shang" purports to be ritual songs of the Shang dynasty as handed down by their descendants in the state of Song , but is generally considered quite late in date. The content of the Poetry can be divided into two main sections: the "Airs of the States", and the eulogies and hymns.

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