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Unformatted text preview: Unit 2 – Lecture 3 10/21/08 East Asian Poetry- Confucius used poetry to teach his disciples- The Qin dynasty t ried to destroy these poems simply because they were associated with Confucius- The Han dynasty began reconstructing them, including the Collections of Poetry- Shi – type of poem; jing was added meaning o The Classic of Odes is a preferred translation o Another version is the Book of Songs- 1000-600 BC as when these poems were probably penned, before Confucius was born in 551 BC- There are numerous parts o Folk songs – “Airs of the States” 15 states were represented o Lesser Odes Tend to be about the lives of the aristocracy They sound like folk songs o Greater Odes Accounts of cities, dynastic legends, famous battles Many were probably accompanied by music and dance o Hymns (Sacrificial Odes) Religious songs used in sacrificial ceremonies • Ex: “Rich Year” – prayer for abundance of harvest- Poetry is a rhythmic language o Some are words to songs; people have t ried to assign melodies to the poems o There is a regularity – all of the lines are about the same length 4 syllable lines There is a recurrence of this kind of poetry throughout Chinese history Unit 2 – Lecture 3...
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