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Poems of the Masters: China's Classic Anthology of T'Ang and Sung Dynasty Verse

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The classic Chinese poetry anthology in a handsome English-Chinese format.

Poetry is Chinas greatest art, and for the past eight centuries Poems of the Masters has been that countrys most studied and memorized collection of verse. For the first time ever in English, here is the complete text, with an introduction and extensive notes by renowned translator, Red Pine. Over one hundred poets are represented in this bilingual edition, including many of Chinas celebrated poets: Li Pai, Wang Wei, Tu Fu, Wang Po, and Ou-yang Hsiu.

Poems of the Masters was compiled during the Sung dynasty (960–1278), a time when poetry became the defining measure of human relationships and understanding.

As Red Pine writes in his introduction: "Nothing was significant without a poem, no social or ritual occasion, no political or personal event was considered complete without a few well-chosen words that summarized the complexities of the Chinese vision of reality and linked that vision with the beat of their hearts . . . [Poetrys] greatest flowering was in the Tang and Sung, when suddenly it was everywhere: in the palace, in the street, in every household, every inn, every monastery, in every village square."

"Chiupu River Song" by Li Pai

My white hair extends three miles

the sorrow of parting made it this long

who would guess to look in a mirror

where autumn frost comes from

"This valuable text will help us appreciate the richness of poetic imagination and experience."—Book Magazine, five-star review

"[Poems of the Masters] includes the Chinese originals, along with commentaries on imagery, various social conventions, historical background—all absolutely essential to a full appreciation of the texts... the best way to approach them is to pick one out and let it drop like a pebble into the well of your mind and hear how it resonates."—The Philadelphia Inquirer

"The poems in this remarkable anthology speak to us—across an immense distance of time and space—of loneliness, beauty, the consequences of political action, the stillness of autumn. Red Pine's wonderful translations and the clarity of his accompanying notes make these poems accessible and intimate to all of us…Red Pine and the good people at Copper Canyon deserve a place in the Taoist paradise for bringing us this beautiful book."—Booksense Recommends

Red Pine is one of the worlds most respected translators of Chinese literature, bringing into English several of Chinas central religious and literary texts, including Lao-tzu's Taoteching (isbn 9781556592904) and The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain (isbn 9781556591402).

Synopsis:

For the first time in any Western language, the complete text of China's classic poetry anthology.

Synopsis:

Poetry. Asian Studies. Translation. Poetry is China's greatest art, and for the past eight centuries POEMS OF THE MASTERS has been that country's most studied and memorized collection of verse. POEMS OF THE MASTERS was compiled during the Sung dynasty (960-1278), a time when poetry became the defining measure of human relationships and understandings. For the first time ever in English, here is the complete text, with an introduction and extensive notes by renowned translator, Red Pine. Over one hundred poets are represented in this bilingual edition, including many of China's celebrated poets: Li Pai, Wang Wei, Tu Fu, Wang Po, and Ou-yang Hsiu.

Synopsis:

Poetry is China’s greatest art, and for the past eight centuries Poems of the Masters has been that country’s most studied and memorized collection of verse. For the first time ever in English, here is the complete text, with an introduction and extensive notes by renowned translator, Red Pine. Over one hundred poets are represented in this bilingual edition, including many of China’s celebrated poets: Li Pai, Wang Wei, Tu Fu, Wang Po, and Ou-yang Hsiu.

Poems of the Masters was compiled during the Sung dynasty (960–1278), a time when poetry became the defining measure of human relationships and understanding.

As Red Pine writes in his introduction: "Nothing was significant without a poem, no social or ritual occasion, no political or personal event was considered complete without a few well-chosen words that summarized the complexities of the Chinese vision of reality and linked that vision with the beat of their hearts . . . [Poetry’s] greatest flowering was in the T’ang and Sung, when suddenly it was everywhere: in the palace, in the street, in every household, every inn, every monastery, in every village square."

"Chiupu River Song" by Li Pai

My white hair extends three miles

the sorrow of parting made it this long

who would guess to look in a mirror

where autumn frost comes from

Red Pine (the pen name of writer and independent scholar Bill Porter) is one of the world’s most respected translators of Chinese literature, bringing into English several of China’s central religious and literary texts: Taoteching, The Diamond Sutra, Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma, and Collected Songs of Cold Mountain. He lives near Seattle, Washington.

About the Author

Red Pine (aka Bill Porter) is one of the world's leading translators of Chinese literary and religious texts. After dropping out of a Columbia University Ph.D. program, Red Pine moved to a Buddhist monastery in Taiwan; he eventually became a popular radio journalist in Hong Kong, famous for his descriptions of traveling around mainland China.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556591952
Translator:
Pine, Red
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Translator:
Pine, Red
Author:
Pine, Red
Location:
Port Townsend, Wash.
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Chinese poetry
Subject:
T'ang dynasty, 618-907
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Chinese poetry -- T°ang dynasty, 618-907.
Subject:
Chinese poetry - Song dynasty, 960-1279 -
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
02-435
Publication Date:
September 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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For the first time in any Western language, the complete text of China's classic poetry anthology.
"Synopsis" by , Poetry. Asian Studies. Translation. Poetry is China's greatest art, and for the past eight centuries POEMS OF THE MASTERS has been that country's most studied and memorized collection of verse. POEMS OF THE MASTERS was compiled during the Sung dynasty (960-1278), a time when poetry became the defining measure of human relationships and understandings. For the first time ever in English, here is the complete text, with an introduction and extensive notes by renowned translator, Red Pine. Over one hundred poets are represented in this bilingual edition, including many of China's celebrated poets: Li Pai, Wang Wei, Tu Fu, Wang Po, and Ou-yang Hsiu.
"Synopsis" by ,

Poetry is China’s greatest art, and for the past eight centuries Poems of the Masters has been that country’s most studied and memorized collection of verse. For the first time ever in English, here is the complete text, with an introduction and extensive notes by renowned translator, Red Pine. Over one hundred poets are represented in this bilingual edition, including many of China’s celebrated poets: Li Pai, Wang Wei, Tu Fu, Wang Po, and Ou-yang Hsiu.

Poems of the Masters was compiled during the Sung dynasty (960–1278), a time when poetry became the defining measure of human relationships and understanding.

As Red Pine writes in his introduction: "Nothing was significant without a poem, no social or ritual occasion, no political or personal event was considered complete without a few well-chosen words that summarized the complexities of the Chinese vision of reality and linked that vision with the beat of their hearts . . . [Poetry’s] greatest flowering was in the T’ang and Sung, when suddenly it was everywhere: in the palace, in the street, in every household, every inn, every monastery, in every village square."

"Chiupu River Song" by Li Pai

My white hair extends three miles

the sorrow of parting made it this long

who would guess to look in a mirror

where autumn frost comes from

Red Pine (the pen name of writer and independent scholar Bill Porter) is one of the world’s most respected translators of Chinese literature, bringing into English several of China’s central religious and literary texts: Taoteching, The Diamond Sutra, Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma, and Collected Songs of Cold Mountain. He lives near Seattle, Washington.

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