By Xu Yuanchong
The 3 Hundred Tang Poems is an anthology of poems from the chinese language Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) first compiled round 1763 by means of sunlight Zhu (1722-1778), the Qing Dynasty student. a variety of later variations additionally exist. All variants include over three hundred poems: thus, 300 capacity no longer precisely three hundred yet refers to an estimative quantification; the 10, twenty, or extra additional poems signify a type of an outstanding good fortune bonus, analogous to the "baker's dozen" within the West. much more, the quantity three hundred (or extra precisely 305) was once a vintage quantity for a poetry assortment as a result of the effect of the vintage of Poetry (Shijing 詩經), which was once commonly known as the 3 Hundred Poems.
Dissatisfied with the anthology Poems by means of one thousand Masters (Qianjiashi 千家詩) compiled by means of Liu Kezhuang within the overdue Southern music, and motivated by means of Ming Dynasty poetry anthologies, solar chosen the poems according to their attractiveness and academic price. the gathering has been well known ever because and will be present in many chinese language families. for hundreds of years, simple scholars memorized the poems and used them to benefit to learn and write. It includes poems via Du Fu, Li Bai, Wang Wei, Li Shangyin, Meng Haoran, Han Yu, Du Mu, Bai Juyi, Liu Changqing, Cen Shen, Wang Changling, Wei Yingwu, and extra. Li he's one extraordinary Tang poet absent from the compilation.
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