A Lute of Jade: Being Selections from the Classical Poets of China

A Lute of Jade: Being Selections from the Classical Poets of China

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A Lute of Jade: Being Selections from the Classical Poets of China

A Lute of Jade: Being Selections from the Classical Poets of China

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A little under three hundred years, from A.D. 618 to 906, the period of the T'ang dynasty, and the great age of Chinese poetry had come and gone. Far back in the twilight of history, at least 1,700 years before Christ, the Chinese people sang their songs of kings and feudal princes good or bad, of husbandry, or now and then songs with the more personal note of simple joys and sorrows. All things in these Odes collected by Confucius belong to the surface of life; they are the work of those who easily plough light furrows, knowing nothing of hidden gold. Only at rare moments of exaltation or despair do we bear the lyrical cry rising above the monotone of dreamlike content. Even the magnificent outburst at the beginning of this book, in which . . .

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