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《诗经》共有风、雅、颂三个部分,

Are they just chapter titles? Do they have more significance?

  • It should be 、雅、颂. "诗经根据乐调的不同分为风、雅、颂三类" – dan Nov 18 '17 at 1:32
  • In short,《诗经》is categorized by 乐调, including 风、雅、颂. – dan Nov 18 '17 at 2:48
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風 is general mood (風氣), or social custom (風俗).

in ancient times, there're regional differences between vassal states (諸侯國); after confucius's editing, fifteen "lessons from the state" (國風) were preserved. each groups of poems from the vassal state, shown that particular state's social custom.

雅 is odes of the kingdom (周朝), where the ruler were.

頌 is odes for the purpose of praising in the ancestral temple (宗廟).

the contents, styles of these three groups of poems / odes are significantly different.

  • I bought a copy with the original text on the left and Modern Chinese on the right. The Modern Chinese is always much longer! – Pedroski Nov 18 '17 at 22:46
  • @Pedroski, I believe ancient Chinese should be (at least one of) the most concise language in the world! – dan Nov 19 '17 at 4:48
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《诗经》根据乐调不同分为风雅颂三类。 “The Book of Song” divided into three categories according to music.

1.风 - different areas of music.

1.雅 - the music of the Zhou Dynasty rayons.

1.颂 - the Confucian ritual dance song.

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