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Book of Songs: Chinese Bound

James Trapp

Claimed by some to have been compiled by Confucius in the 5th century BCE, the Book of Songs is an ancient anthology of Chinese poetry. Collecting poems over a number of centuries, the anthology – sometimes known as the Classic... Read moreRead less

Claimed by some to have been compiled by Confucius in the 5th century BCE, the Book of Songs is an ancient anthology of Chinese poetry. Collecting poems over a number of centuries, the anthology – sometimes known as the Classic of Poetry – is the oldest existing collection of Chinese poetry, comprising 305 works dating from the 11th to 7th centuries BCE.
Some poems are shorter lyrics in simple language that are folk songs which record the voice of the common people, addressing love and courtship, political satire and protest. Other poems are about court life and dynasties..
In the same way that Homer’s epics took hold within the West, the Book of Songs played a role in spheres far beyond literature, with a lasting influence on education, politics and communal life.
Produced using traditional Chinese bookbinding techniques, this edition of the Book of Songs is an anthology of 32 classic poems from the collection freshly translated by James Trapp and presented in an exquisite dual-language edition.

Chinese Bound series

Format: 264 x 195mm
Extent: 96pp
Word count: 6000
ISBN: 9781782749448

James Trapp

James Trapp is the author of Chinese Characters: The Art and Meaning of Hanzi, Chinese Proverbs and also has translated a new edition of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. A Chinese language graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, he teaches Mandarin and is an Education Officer on the China Collection at the British Museum.

9781782749448 Chinese bound

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