late Qing and early Republic
Chen Tiemincomp. Jindaishi baishou [Ahundred poems from the recent historical period]. Beijing: Renmin wenxue chubanshe, 1982. Includes generally only several poems at most for each of the 44 poets represented, covering the period approx. 1820–1909. Emphasizes “progressive” poets and timely themes to the exclusion of others. Some bibliographical references, v, 168 pps.
Chen Yancomp. Jindai shichao [Compendium of recent poetry]. 3 vols. Shanghai: Shangwu yinshuguan, 1923/1935. A Taiwan Commercial Press reprint exists (dated 1961) of the 1935 Shanghai edition which was entirely reset in metal type from the 1923 xianzhuang edition in 24 traditional volumes (double leaves). Important as an “apolitical” although somewhat formalistic work, this anthology contains several thousand poems selected from the oeuvre of 370 different poets, beginning with the works of Qi Junzao (1793–1866), He Shaoji (1799–1873), Zheng Zhen (1806–1864), Zeng Guofan (1811–1872), etc. and ending with Chen Yan’s own contemporaries such as Chen Sanli (1852–1937), Huang Jie (1873–1935) and Jin Tianyu (1873–1947). In the main, however, the compiler has focused on poems composed between the “early Xianfeng reign period” (1851–1861) and the final years of the Qing dynasty. The works of Zheng Xiaoxu (originally occupying 37 double leaves in vol. 13 of the 1923 edition) were expunged in 1935 due to his role as premier of the Japanese client state Manchukuo. ii, 1726 pps.