The Book of Songs

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Arthur Waley, Joseph Roe Allen
Grove Press, 1996 - Poetry - 388 pages
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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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The songs in Chinese is great!! but the translation in this book is suck.
for example the first song in page 1, my translation works better( it's not a advisement.. i am just a student
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GUAN! GUAN! CRY THE OSPREY DOVE
--Book of Songs
關雎 Guān jū
《詩經》 Shī jīng
Guan! Guan! Cry the osprey dove
on sandbars in the river
a slim mild-mannered good girl
fine match for the gentleman.
關關雎鳩 Guān guān jū jiū
在河之洲 Zi h zhī zhōu
窈窕淑女 Yǎo tiǎo shū nǚ
君子好逑 Jūn zǐ hǎo qi
mixed nymphoides floating on the water
left and right she trails it
that slim mild-mannered good girl
awake, asleep, I search for her.
參差荇菜 Cēn cī xng ci
左右流之 Zuǒ yu li zhī
窈窕淑女 Yǎo tiǎo shū nǚ
寤寐求之 W mi qi zhī
I search but cannot find her
awake, asleep, thinking of her
endlessly, endlessly,
turning tossing from side to side.
求之不得 Qi zhī b d
寤寐思服 W mi sī f
悠哉悠哉 Yōu zāi yōu zāi
輾轉反側 Zhǎn zhuǎn fǎn c
mixed nymphoides floating on the water
left and right she picks it
the slim mild-mannered good girl
harp and lute to make friends with her.
参差荇菜 Cēn cī xng ci
左右采之 Zuǒ yu cǎi zhī
窈窕淑女 Yǎo tiǎo shū nǚ
琴瑟友之 Qn s you zhī
mixed nymphoides floating on the water
left and right she sorts it
the slim mild-mannered good girl
bell and drum to delight her.
参差荇菜 Cēn cī xng ci
左右芼之 Zuǒ yu mo zhī
窈窕淑女 Yǎo tiǎo shū nǚ
鐘鼓樂之 Zhōng gǔ yu zhī
 

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Contents

South of Zhou 111
5
South of Shao 1225
13
Airs of Bei 2644
23
Airs of Yong 4554
38
Airs of Wei 5564
46
Airs of the Royal Domain 6574
56
Airs of Zheng 7595
64
Airs of Qi 96106
77
Airs of Bin 15460
119
The Minor Odes Poems 161234
129
The Major Odes Poems 23565
223
The Hymns Poems 266305
287
The Zhou Hymns 26696
291
The Lu Hymns 297300
308
The Shang Hymns 30105
318
Waleys Notes on Books Used
324

Airs of Wey 10713
84
Airs of Tang 11425
90
Airs of Qin 12635
99
Airs of Chen 13645
107
Airs of Gui 14649
113
Airs of Cao 15053
116
Waleys Additional Notes
326
Waleys Original Topical Categories and Order of Poems
333
A Literary History of the Shi jing
336
Selected Bibliography
384
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Arthur Waley (1889-1966) is highly regarded for his many translations of Chinese & Japanese literature.

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