The book of odes and hymns
Book of Odes - WikipediaThe 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.
Chinese Poetry: Book of Odes
Skip to main content. Eastern Poetry Religion. Believed to be compiled by Confucius, Shih ching or "Book of Odes" is a collection of poems, dating from to BC. These are believed to be the oldest existing examples of Chinese poetry. The collection includes refined folk songs, ritualistic poems, dynastic legends and hymns for ancestral temples.
The Airs of the states are folk songs, often concered with a love theme. The Odes are said to come from the aristocratic class, the Major Odes being sung at the royal court, the Minor Odes at the courts of the regional rulers. The songs collected in the Shijing are not only of a high literary value as the oldest songs in China, but they also reveal much of the activities of different social strata in early China. This is how the Airs came into being. The Odes, however, were said to have been submitted by their composers to the throne directly.
Translated by James Legge. From the Sacred Books of the East , Vol. This work was published before January 1, , and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least years ago.
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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:. The history and legends of the early Zhou Dynasty;.