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 is the recall to a folk story that King Wen(文王), the founder of Zhou saw phoenix, which implied he was favored by god. Seeing the phoenix again by King Cheng(成王), the third king, echoed the glory of King Wen’s. 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. 3 and 5 is with the highest dignity for Zhou people, while in Shijing 3 paragraphs is the most relavent, which makes the very few poems with 5 paragraphs extremly special. 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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