By Luo Yuming. Translated with Annotations and an Introduction by Ye Yang
A historical past of chinese language literature from its early beginnings throughout the finish of the Qing dynasty, this contemporary paintings from Professor Luo Yuming of Chinas Fudan collage seeks to supply, by way of adopting new theoretical views and utilizing up-to-date examine, a coherent, panoramic description of the improvement of chinese language literature and its significant features. As one of many only a few English translations of such works through chinese language authors it seeks to notify the Western viewers of the new viewpoints and scholarship at the subject from a number one chinese language student. it will possibly additionally offer a few grounds of comparability and distinction with similar works within the West.
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Thus, in the Yangtze valley, although the evolution of civilization was not any slower than that in the Yellow River valley, the ideology to preserve social order and strengthen community power through restraining the individual was not as well developed as that in the north. Certainly, in the course of continuous annexation among tribal groups and states, people here also had to confront the problems of the struggle for existence, and in this respect, the culture of the Yellow River valley enjoyed an obvious superiority.
This was because, from the collective view, joining the army and going on an expedition was a commitment that had to be carried out by any individual. Even if it might jeopardize the personal happiness of the soldier, there was simply nothing he could do about it. This is even more obvious in “Oh Brother” (Songs of Wei): the book of songs and the songs of the south 27 Oh Brother, you’re brave, oh, a hero of the state! Brother holds his staff and charges ahead for the king.
At another moment it occurs to him that his old home may now lie in waste, and he may witness a scene of desolation right in front of him. ” The entire poem is a vivid and realistic description of the soldier’s thoughts on his way home. It represents people’s yearning for a peaceful life. “Picking Ferns” illustrates the distress of a soldier who takes a part in the Zhou kingdom’s war against the ethnic group of Xianyun. He cannot go home; he is unable to take a rest: “I have no house, no home, / because of the Xianyun.