Book of Songsby Arthur Waley
“Of all the translations, the highest achievement is Mr. Arthur Waley’s’. A triumph at once of poetry and scholarship.” –The Observer (London)
One of the Five Confucian Classics, The Book of Songs is the oldest collection of poetry in world literature and the finest treasury of traditional songs that antiquity has left us. Confucius and his followers used the songs as texts for moral instruction and examples of the highest wisdom. They are the wellspring of Chinese poetry, the inspiration for important strains in Eastern philosophy, and the source of much of the allegorical imagery in Chinese art.
“Of all the translations, the highest achievement is Mr. Arthur Waley’s… A triumph at once of poetry and scholarship.” – The Observer (London)