Chinese poem illustration: 大雅 卷阿/ Daya – Zigzag Mountain by Anonymous
Few Songs might be coincided with a mysterious Bamboo Annals(竹书纪年) digged out by a tomb raider 1700 years ago. Through this song, the peaceful, happy and self-disciplined lords reflected a powerful and prosprous country in its early stage.
伴奂, 矢, 休 are further analysed.
Part2 is about paragraph 6 to 10. In 7th paragraph, the flying phoenix(凤凰) shows up, which was believed to be the messenger from heaven. The appearance of phoenix in the folk story was treated as the signal that Zhou people, precisely King Wen was favored by god. Seeing the phoenix again by King Cheng(成王), the third king, echoed the scene of King Wen’s time. All in all, the poem is all about recall, salute and making oath to King Wen.
The unusal structure of 10 paragraphs might indicate the highest dignity of it. Few other poems is of 5 paragraphs shows its very high dignity while this poem doubled it. Normal stucture is of even number paragraphs, while some very serious balmaing poem got 7 paragraphs. It should be a very interesting topic: how the paragraph counts related with the content and its subject in Book of Songs.
圭璋, 凤凰, 多 are further analysed.
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