translations from Classical in modern Chinese and English by Fu-Shiang
Chia of the 160 "Airs of the States" from the Shi Jing
represents the first new, complete version to appear in English in
well over half a century. The collection is the oldest extant book
of lyric poetry in world literature ¡X parts dating back 3,000 years.
It gathers the most ancient written lyric poems in the entire human
patrimony, and stands as the headwaters, the fountainhead of all known
Chia makes these poems once again contemporary, while preserving hints
of their antiquity. His language is as lexically accurate as possible,
and plain without being spare or un-poetic. The poems have been made
companionable for a 21st century audience, without sacrificing either
their exotic foreignness or their careful specificity.
of the States"
from the Shi Jing
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