By Xu Yuanchong
The 3 Hundred Tang Poems is an anthology of poems from the chinese language Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) first compiled round 1763 via solar Zhu (1722-1778), the Qing Dynasty student. numerous later versions additionally exist. All variations comprise over three hundred poems: for this reason, 300 skill no longer precisely three hundred yet refers to an estimative quantification; the 10, twenty, or extra additional poems symbolize a kind of a superb success bonus, analogous to the "baker's dozen" within the West. much more, the quantity three hundred (or extra precisely 305) was once a vintage quantity for a poetry assortment end result of the impact of the vintage of Poetry (Shijing 詩經), which used to be generally called the 3 Hundred Poems.
Dissatisfied with the anthology Poems by means of one thousand Masters (Qianjiashi 千家詩) compiled via Liu Kezhuang within the overdue Southern track, and motivated via Ming Dynasty poetry anthologies, solar chosen the poems in response to their reputation and academic worth. the gathering has been renowned ever considering that and will be present in many chinese language families. for hundreds of years, trouble-free scholars memorized the poems and used them to benefit to learn and write. It comprises poems by means of Du Fu, Li Bai, Wang Wei, Li Shangyin, Meng Haoran, Han Yu, Du Mu, Bai Juyi, Liu Changqing, Cen Shen, Wang Changling, Wei Yingwu, and extra. Li he's one amazing Tang poet absent from the compilation.
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300 Chinese Poems by Xu Yuanchong