The Songs of the South: An Anthology of Ancient Chinese Poems by Qu Yuan and Other Poets

The Songs of the South: An Anthology of Ancient Chinese Poems by Qu Yuan and Other Poets

by Qu Yuan, Various
     
 

Masterworks of early Chinese poetry

Dating from the second century AD, this anthology is the second- oldest collection of Chinese poems in existence. The poems, originating from the state of Chu and rooted in Shamanism, are grouped under seventeen titles and contain all that we know of Chinese poetry's ancient beginnings. The earliest poems were composed

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Masterworks of early Chinese poetry

Dating from the second century AD, this anthology is the second- oldest collection of Chinese poems in existence. The poems, originating from the state of Chu and rooted in Shamanism, are grouped under seventeen titles and contain all that we know of Chinese poetry's ancient beginnings. The earliest poems were composed in the fourth century BC, and almost half of them are traditionally ascribed to Qu Yuan. In his introduction to this edition, David Hawkes provides a fascinating discussion of the history of these poems and their context, styles, and themes.

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Editorial Reviews

Philip Kafalas
"The Songs of the South is cause for celebration. There is simply no substitute. The text is fundamental to the Chinese tradition, and Hawkes’s introduction itself is a work of wonder. It should be kept in print in perpetuity."
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"The Songs of the South is cause for celebration. There is simply no substitute. The text is fundamental to the Chinese tradition, and Hawkes’s introduction itself is a work of wonder. It should be kept in print in perpetuity." — Philip Kafalas, Associate Professor of Chinese, Georgetown University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140443752
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/31/2012
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.07(w) x 7.83(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Philip Kafalas
"The Songs of the South is cause for celebration. There is simply no substitute. The text is fundamental to the Chinese tradition, and Hawkes’s introduction itself is a work of wonder. It should be kept in print in perpetuity."

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