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Classic of Poetry
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Stamp Title: Classic of Poetry
Serial Number: 2018-24
Piece in Set: 6
Denomination: 8.9 yuan
Date of Issue: 2018-09-08
Designer: Gao Yun
Size of Stamp: 40×35 mm
Perforation: 13×13.5
Sheet Composition: 6
Printer: Beijing Stamp Printing House
Printing Technology: Woodblock overprinting

China Post will issue a set of six special stamps featuring the Classic of Poetry, namely Odes of Zhou & South · Guan Ju, Odes of Qin · Jian Jia, Odes of Qin · Wu Yi, Lesser Court Hymns · Decade of Lu Ming, Lesser Court Hymns · Decade of He Ming, and Praise Odes of Lu · Jiong, with a denomination of 8.9 yuan (1.3 U.S. dollars), on September 8, 2018.

The Classic of Poetry is the first collection of Chinese poetry, comprising 305 works dating back from the Western Zhou period to the middle of the Spring and Autumn period (about 11th to 7th centuries B.C.). The content of the poetry can be divided into two main sections: the “Airs of the States[1] ,” and the hymns and eulogies.

There are 160 odes in total relating to 15 states, 105  hymns comprised of "Lesser Court Hymns" and "Major Court Hymns," as well as 40 eulogies, among them the "Eulogies of Zhou", "Eulogies of Lu" and "Eulogies of Shang".[2] 

The Classic of Poetry is the first belles-lettres monograph in China, and ushered in the era of narration and lyricism in Chinese poetry. Therefore, it is called the “ancestor of belles-lettres.”

It determines the rhetoric principle and rhyming principle of Chinese poetry, and is called the “ancestor of collections” and the “ancestor of poetry.”

The Classic of Poetry shows a passion for social reality, a strong sense of politics, morality, and a sincere and positive attitude towards life, which is summed up by later generations as an elegant spirit. It has directly affected the creation of later poetry, and is a highlight of realistic Chinese literature.

The Classic of Poetry occupies an important position in the history of Chinese and world culture with its rich content, great ideological and artistic achievements, and has had an indelible impact on later literature.

This set of stamps uses traditional Chinese painting techniques and features an artistic rendition of the artistic conception of poetry.

 The Odes of Zhou & South · Guan Ju depict the pursuit of happy love through singing fish hawks, banana plants as well as a gentle and tranquil lady by the river.

The Odes of Qin · Jian Jia express the sadness and depression in the pursuit of love mainly by describing a man who is missing his beloved by a river bank covered with reeds.

The Odes of Qin · Wu Yi are about the heroic ambition of soldiers who are galloping on the frontier to resist foreign enemies and defend their country.

The Lesser Court Hymns · Decade of Lu Ming display a cheerful atmosphere. Guests are singing and raise their glasses, while some deer are bellowing in the distance.

In the Lesser Court Hymns · Decade of He Ming, fish are swimming in a brook, and nearby, some cranes are singing freely. What a whimsical scene!

Finally, the Praise Odes of Lu · Jiong describe a magnificent scene of galloping horses.

It is a continuation of the series of Chinese Classical Poetry stamps. People can enjoy the full text of the Classic of Poetry by scanning the two-dimensional codes on the edging of the stamps.

This set of stamps was designed by the director of the China Artists Association Gao Yun, and was printed by Beijing Stamp Printing House using a woodblock overprinting process.

China Post also issued a stamp folder with a denomination of 35.6 yuan (5.22 U.S. dollars).

Offer for sale: This set of stamps is available at designated postal outlets, the online philatelic shop of China Post (http://jiyou.11185.cn), China Philately mobile client and the China Philately Wechat Mall since they were issued on September 8, 2018. This set of stamps will be sold for six months.

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