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One Hundred Poems from the Chinese (New Directions Book)

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In this groundbreaking work, Kenneth Rexroth gives us some of the most beautiful poems ever translated from the ancient Chinese. They read strikingly well, both as translations and as English-language poems.
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Publisher Comments:

The lyric poetry of Tu Fu ranks with the greatest in all world literature. Across the centuries--Tu Fu lived in the T'ang Dynasty (731-770)--his poems come through to us with an immediacy that is breathtaking in Kenneth Rexroth's English versions. They are as simple as they are profound, as delicate as they are beautiful. Thirty-five poems by Tu Fu make up the first part of this volume. The translator then moves on to the Sung Dynasty (10th-12th centuries) to give us a number of poets of that period, much of whose work was not previously available in English. Mei Yao Ch'en, Su Tung P'o, Lu Yu, Chu Hsi, Hsu Chao, and the poetesses Li Ch'iang Chao and Chu Shu Chen. There is a general introduction, biographical and explanatory notes on the poets and poems, and a bibliography of other translations of Chinese poetry.

Review:

"What is meaning? No matter, answers this collection of ninety-one poems, for our experience is too impoverished of this mysterious quantity to evaluate it. There is in excess impressionability—voluptuous luxury of phrase to fill our senses. Thus does Rexroth whisper without conversing, in beautiful lament of passing sensations, of 'fallen cherry blossoms.' Each line of poetry a long-considered stroke, it is poetry of climax and of momentary sensations. A constant love of life glows pale and fades warm with an acceptance of fatigue and sorrow, loss and loneliness. Included are adaptations from Oriental poetry, translations of the poetess Marichiki, and collaborations in translation of Chinese poets with Ling Chung." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Synopsis:

Selected translations from the poetry of the Sung Dynasty together with thirty-five poems by Tu Fu.

Synopsis:

The lyrical world of Chinese poetry in faithful translations by Kenneth Rexroth.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811201803
Translator:
Rexroth, Kenneth
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Translator:
Rexroth, Kenneth
Author:
Rexroth, Kenneth
Location:
New York
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Asian - General
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Chinese poetry
Subject:
Translations from chinese
Subject:
Chinese poetry -- Translations into English.
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Copyright:
Series:
New Directions Book
Series Volume:
no. 1849
Publication Date:
January 1971
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.4 in 0.38 lb

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Product details 160 pages New Directions Publishing Corporation - English 9780811201803 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

In this groundbreaking work, Kenneth Rexroth gives us some of the most beautiful poems ever translated from the ancient Chinese. They read strikingly well, both as translations and as English-language poems.

"Synopsis" by , Selected translations from the poetry of the Sung Dynasty together with thirty-five poems by Tu Fu.
"Synopsis" by , The lyrical world of Chinese poetry in faithful translations by Kenneth Rexroth.
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