130x195 352 страниц. 2011 год. Penguin Books Ltd. Chu ci (The Songs of the South) and its northern counterpart, Shi jing, are the two great ancestors of Chinese poetry and contain all we know of its ancient beginnings. The Songs of the South is an anthology first compiled in the second century AD. Its poems, originating from the state of Chu and rooted in Shamanism, are grouped under seventeen titles. The earliest poems were composed in the fourth century вс and almost half of them are traditionally ascribed to Qu Yuan. Covering subjects ranging from heaven to love, work to growing old, regret to longing, they give a penetrating insight into the world of ancient China, and into the origins of poetry itself. David Hawkes's scholarly translation is accompanied by maps, a glossary and a general introduction discussing in detail the dual ancestry of Chinese poetry, and the context, varying styles and diverse themes of the poems. Each work is accompanied by a separate introduction and notes.