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Fenlei zijin 分類字錦 "Brocade of Words Divided into Categories"


The Fenlei zijin 分類字錦 "Brocade of words divided into categories" is a rhyme dictionary compiled on imperial order during the Kangxi reign 康熙 (1662-1722), finished in 1722. In 64 juan "scrolls", idioms (chengyu 成語) from all ages and literary categories have been assembled, ranging from disyllabic to tetrasyllabic expressions. For each word, quotations from literature a presented, with the objective to provide a handbook for the composition of or reading poetry. The quality of the Fenlei zijin is rated as very high, and the arrangement as very unique.
There is a print from the year of the finishing. The Fenlei zijin is included in the collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書.


Sources:
Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 2059. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.
Zhao Hankun 趙含坤 (2005). Zhongguo leishu 中國類書, pp. 50-53, 104, 140. Shijiazhuang: Hebei renmin chubanshe.


Chinese literature according to the four-category system

January 21, 2011 © Ulrich Theobald · Mail