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Title:
The book of songs : the ancient Chinese classic of poetry
Author:
Waley, Arthur.
Uniform Title:
Shi jing. English.
Publication Information:
New York : Grove Press, [1987]
Physical Description:
xxiv, 358 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
"An Evergreen book"--P. 4 of cover.

Includes index.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780802130211
Format :
Book

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Central Library PL2478 .F7 1987 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Joseph R. Allen's new edition of The Book of Songs restores Arthur Waley's definitive English translations to the original order and structure of the two-thousand-year-old Chinese text. One of the five Confucian classics, The Book of Songs is the oldest collection of poetry in world literature and the finest treasure of traditional songs that antiquity has left us. Arthur Waley's translations, now supplemented by fifteen new translations by Allen, are superb; the songs speak to us across millennia with remarkable directness and power. Where the other Confucian classics treat outward things, deeds, moral precepts, the way the world works, Stephen Owen tells us in his foreword, The Book of Songs is the Classic of the human heart and the human mind.


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