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Iah 204 - Asia and the World (I)
Asia and the World (I) Documents

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08 27 1 Social context of early China Tensions between the political center the Zhou court and regional lords Constant warfare and widespread desires for peace and order This violet era of competition between the domains was one of the most intellectually creative in China s history 2 The ideograph sign The definition A written sigh of a single syllable that represents the idea of an object rather than the sound of the speech as exemplified in the phonetic language 3 The Classic of Poetry It is an anthology of 305 ancient poems The collection has been in circulation since the sixth century BC It was used as a cultural encyclopedia across the social divide between the high and the low e g A textbook a manual for diplomatic communications courtship political satire and social protest etc 4 Content Popular songs 1 160 poems from 15 different regions Elegance 161 265 it overlaps with folk songs satires allegories by elites Great Odes 266 305 ritual ceremonial hymns and legends of the earliest period and political 5 Format Subject matters love war hardship of agricultural life sacrifice complaint of the deserted banished wife subject and dynastic legends etc Style straightforward in immediate imagery and musical nature Mode self expressive 6 The Osprey The scholarly version is the translation by Bernhard Karlgren Guan Kwan Gwan is the mimic sound of the osprey Lovely is the good girl whom a gentlemen desires Controversy on the interpretation of The Osprey Confucian scholars tend to interpret the bird as a symbol for the royal king in political allegories Modern specialists perceive The Osprey as a love poem 7 The Mao Commentary Great Preface Over politicize the poem Regulate the world relationship with the virtue of the Queen Consort The problem of this exegesis The poem does not open the door for this allegorical assertion Possible reasons Canonization of Confucian thought Make the love poem respectable The impact the Mao renditions became the politically correct



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