The Classic Anthology defined by Confucius (transl. by Ezra Pound) (1st Ed.)
The Classic Anthology defined by Confucius (transl. by Ezra Pound)
Published by Faber and Faber in 1955. First edition. Good antiquarian condition. Dust jacket worn on edges. Price unclipped. Internally clean with no handwriting or previous owner inscriptions.
Throughout the centuries this great collection of 305 Odes was for the Chinese a canonical text. Though it is no longer thought probable that Confucius was himself the anthologist, he sang the Odes constantly to his lute and it seems very likely that he was their musical editor.
They are essentially ballads; written to be sung and some of them probably to be danced to. And in this translation – a superb virtuoso performance – Ezra Pound (1885-1972) has attempted to stress above all the fusion of words and music. A key to pronunciation is included; and there is a lively and informative introduction by Dr. Achilles Fang.