|The cover of 'Twenty Ancient Poems of King Hui of Liang' [People.cn]|
Shi Jiepeng, a Chinese scholar specializing in ancient writing and historical novels, recently launched his new book Twenty Ancient Poems of King Hui of Liang.
Shi, whose pen name is Liang Huiwang, also known as King Hui of Liang from the Warring States period in the 4th Century BC, once served as an associate professor at the Institute of Ancient Books and Traditional Culture of Beijing Normal University.
He is an expert in ancient philology and studies pre-Qin and Han dynasty culture. He is also author of the epic historical novel Red Cliff, and the novelette Chu Tomb.
The poems collected in the book span a long historical period, encompassing those from The Book of Songs, Verses of Chu, and Nineteen Old Poems. Shi has especially focused on interpreting works by famous poets such as Li Bai, Du Fu and Li Qingzhao.
Among the works chosen in the book, love poems account for a large proportion, such as Jianjia. Shi said, "Erotic passion is good. It is a manifestation of vitality. If people in the world did not have such desire towards love, life would be monotonous and difficult."
Wang said, "It's important for us to select books in which writers don't avoid making further explanation on specific questions. Some writers didn't pay much attention to the etymology of the notes, whilst Shi can clearly explain them, which I admire much."
Meng also shared her reading experience with attendees, "Firstly you should maintain a peaceful mind while you are reading the works of predecessors, rather than being passionate or ashamed.
"Secondly, don't criticize. You need to have a comprehensive understanding of the person and the situation before you critique them. This is not only a method of reading, but also vital to the studying of history."
|Shi Jiepeng(C), Wang Xiaolei(L) and Meng Man at the press conference [People.cn]|
(Source: People.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)