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Three Chinese Poets: Translations of Poems by Wang Wei, Li Bai, and Du Fuby Vikram Seth
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Lament for Yin Yao
How long can one man's lifetime last?
Your kind old mother's still alive.
Clouds float into a great expanse.
Alas, when you still lived,
All your old friends have brought you gifts
The three T'ang dynasty poets translated here are among the greatest literary figures of China, or indeed the world. Responding differently to their common times, Wang Wei, Li Bai, and Du Fu crystallize the immense variety of China and the Chinese poetic tradition and, across a distance of twelve hundred years, move the reader as it is rare for even poetry to do.
About the Author
Vikram Seth who has translated poets, is the author of two bestselling novels, A Suitable Boy--a veritable tour de force in fiction--and a novel in verse, The Golden Gate.He spent several years living in China and published a travel book, From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet.
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