Tang Shi San Bai Shou (Three Hundred Tang Poems)
Tang Shi San Bai Shou, Three Hundred Tang Poems, were compiled by the Qing scholar Sun Zhu(孙洙), also called Hengtang Tui Shi(衡塘退士, Retired Master of Hengtang), and published in 1764.
Sun was not very pleased with the poems of the anthology Qian Jia Shi(千家诗, A Thousand Master's Poems) because of its lack of educational spirit. His own compilation became so popular that it is enclosed in a corpus of books that are found in almost every household still today. Sun's intention was to elect poems that serve to cultivate the character of the reader.
Today, there exist some new compositions of three hundred Tang poems containing different opera, because the Qing time attitude to poetry as educational instrument has changed until today. In the following lines, some poems of different styles, written by famous people, are listed with their translation, created by Witter Bynner.
Sun Zhu has divided his anthology into six different styles (below A to F), comprising old style poems (gushi, 古诗), regular poems (lvshi, 律诗) and short poems (jueju, 绝句), both with five and seven syllable verses. Between the particular sections, poems in the style of the old Han Music Bureau (yuefu, 乐府) are inserted that were still in use during the Tang Dynasty but gradually lost their original character and disappeared during the latter half of Tang.
五言古诗, Old style poems with five syllables
Li Bai(701-762) "Drinking Alone with The Moon"