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Classic of the Odes Meredith Martinuzzi
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About Class of the Odes Collection of poems Oldest poetry collection in China Anonymous poets 305 poems
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Odes of Zhou Celebrate the virtues of King Wen (founder of the Zhou) as successor of Shang rulers who failed to fulfill Mandate of Heaven Poems include King Wen and Rich Year
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Poems Rich Year Offerings to ancestors->in return will grant blessings King Wen Had the Mandate of Heaven Difficult to hold onto Said to have shined “bright and reverent” Resembled the month of August
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Airs from the States Folk songs From various 15 states of the Zhou Tell about joys and sorrows of the common people Love songs and hardships of war and
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Unformatted text preview: government Big Rat • Farmers of Wei complain about high taxes and corrupt officials • Big rat=government – Take away from farmers (their millet) and don’t give back to them (wont care for them) The North Wind • Song of the peasants of Bei who were oppressed by a cruel and corrupt government • Urge to flee to a new state • Can think of it as poem about love or corrupt government Confucians • Kept poems alive, because treasured them and edited them • Thought poems were gentle, honest and sincere • Also interpreted them – Gave political interpretations to poems – Turned folk songs into lessons on morality...
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