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●山歌•卷一 “On Secret Loves In Four Lines”私情四句

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Mountain Songs is a ten chapter collection of folk songs edited by Feng Menglong, a man of letters from Suzhou who lived during the late Ming. Among Feng Menglongs many works of popular literature, Mountain Songs is a particularly important work, because he put his own preface at the beginning of the book and used his own name to emphasize the significance of popular literature. Since Mountain Songs is a collection of songs edited by Feng Menglong, it can be said that these songs passed through Fengs filter. Mountain Songs were originally songs of the farm village but they also included songs of the city, songs of the pleasure quarters, and imitations by literati. The theme of the 36 songs in this chapter is: end of love, parting, and womens grudges. All songs contain four lines.

Keywords: end of love; Feng Menglong; Mountain Songs; parting; secret loves; womens grudges

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