What rhymes with nothing?
June 7, 2009 1:46 PM   Subscribe

Tao Te Ching in rhyming meter?

Years ago at Berkeley, I landed upon a copy of Tao Te Ching written in rhyming meter (!). But I have lost the book, and have no idea as to its author.

Oh Great and Far-reaching Hive Mind, any clues?

[Note: I seem to recall it being in English translated from... German?]
posted by humannaire to Religion & Philosophy (2 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The Wilhelm/Baynes translation is from Chinese-->German-->English, but I just broke it out and there's no rhyming meter to be found in it.
posted by shelbaroo at 4:23 PM on June 7, 2009

Found this:

"egge’s is the only version that does contain rhymes, crude though they
may be. For instance, in verse 3 of Chapter 1, we have

3. Always without desire we must be found,
If its deep mystery we would sound;"

“Whoever finds it relevant” - translating and retranslating Tao Te Ching in a relevance-theoretic perspective see page 7 of the pdf (239)

Although my memory must be scewed, I don't actually recall that translation rhyming either.
posted by fightoplankton at 6:26 PM on June 7, 2009

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