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Du Fu (712-770) is one of the undisputed geniuses of Chinese poetry—still universally admired and read thirteen centuries after his death. Now David Young, author of Black Lab, and well known as a translator of Chinese poets, gives us a sparkling new translation of Du Fus verse, arranged to give us a tour of the life, each “chapter” of poems preceded by an introductory paragraph that situates us in place, time, and circumstance. What emerges is a portrait of a modest yet great artist, an ordinary man moving and adjusting as he must in troubled times, while creating a startling, timeless body of work.

Du Fu wrote poems that engaged his contemporaries and widened the path of the lyric poet. As his society—one of the worlds great civilizations—slipped from a golden age into chaos, he wrote of the uncertain course of empire, the misfortunes and pleasures of his own family, the hard lives of ordinary people, the changing seasons, and the lives of creatures who shared his environment. As the poet chases chickens around the yard, observes tear streaks on his wifes cheek, or receives a gift of some shallots from a neighbor, Youngs rendering brings Du Fus voice naturally and elegantly to life.

I sing what comes to me

in ways both old and modern

my only audience right now—

nearby bushes and trees

elegant houses stand

in an elegant row, too many

if my heart turns to ashes

then thats all right with me . . .

from “Meandering River”

Review:

"Not a biography, but instead a very coherent book of free translations, this new volume translated by Young (Black Lab) gives the sense of a life as lived, a life that belongs at once to Du Fu (712 — 770, also called Tu Fu) and to any sympathetic reader who has experienced beauty in nature, disillusion in politics, or love and trouble at home. These 168 poems, along with clear footnotes, also create a sense of the poet's own times. Du Fu began his poetic career as a bachelor writing beautiful seasonal poetry, a close friend of the great, and slightly older, poet Li Bai (Li Po). 'Autumn again and you and I/ are thistledown in the wind,' he told his friend in one early poem. But Du Fu married and began a family, and then, seeking noble patrons, had to travel through war zones. He wrote, in consequence, poems about conscription, battle, poverty and loneliness: 'on my face new tears/ are running down familiar tracks.' Search for secure employment later on brought him to far-flung provincial towns, where he produced his most tranquil verse: 'here comes some tea and sugarcane juice/ brought down from the house.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

David Young has written ten books of poetry, including Black Lab (2006), At the White Window (2000), and The Planet on the Desk: Selected and New Poems (1991). He has also translated the poems of Petrarch and Eugenio Montale. A past winner of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships and a Pushcart Prize, he is the Longman Professor Emeritus of English and Creative Writing at Oberlin College, and the editor of the Field Poetry Series at Oberlin College Press. He lives in Oberlin, Ohio.

Table of Contents

1. Early Years in the East, 737-744

1. Writing Poems After Dinner at the Zuos

2. On the Tower at Yanzhou

3. Gazing at Mount Tai

4. Fangs Amazing Horse

5. A Painting of a Falcon

6. A Winter Visit to the Temple of “His Mystical Majesty” North of Luoyang

7. Mr. Songs Deserted Villa

8. Visiting the Fengxian Monastery

9. For Li Bai

10-11. I Write Two Poems On the Wall at Zhangs

12. Feast at Stone Gate with Liu and Zheng

13. To Li Bai

14. Li Bai and I Visit the Hermit Fan

2. Back at the Capital, 745-750

15. Thinking of Li Bai On a Winter Day

16. What a Night!

17. Remembering Li Bai On a Spring Day

18. Answer to a Letter From My Brother About the Floods

19. Eight Gods of the Wine Cup

20. Meipi Lake

21. Friendship

22. Farewell to Kong Chaofu

23-24. A Summer Outing

25. Leyou Park

3. War and Rebellion, 750-755

26. Song of the War Carts

27-30. From Serving at the Front

31-34. From Visiting General He

35. New Years Eve at Du Weis

36-38. From Back at General Hes

39. Climbing the Buddhist Pagoda

40-42. Meandering River

43. Gorgeous Women

44-46. Sighing Over the Autumn Rains

47. I Finally Get a Post

48. Five Hundred Words About My Journey to Fengxian

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4. Trapped in the Capital, 756-758

49. Moonlight Night

50. The Battle at Chentao

51. Facing Snow

52. News of My Brothers

53. Spring Scene

54. Thinking of My Son

55. In the Abbots Cell

56. the Pengya Road

5. Reunion and Recovery, 758-759

57. Jade Flower Palace

58-60. Qiang Village Poems

61. From the Journey North

62-63. Meandering River

64. Too Much Heat and Too Much Work

65. Dreaming of Li Bai

66. In the City on Business I Meet One Friend and We Spend the Night Eating and Drinking At the House of Another

6. On the Move, 759

67. Thinking of My Brothers On a Moonlit Night

68-71. Qinzhou Poems

72. Thirty Bundles of Shallots

73. Abbot Zan

74. New Moon

75. Looking Out at the Plain

76. She Thinks of Him While Pounding Laundry

77. The Cricket

78. Leaving Qinzhou

79-85. The Tonggu Songs

86. Leaving Tonggu

7. Thatched Cottage, 759-762

87. Chengdu City

88. Siting a House

89. I Become a Farmer

90. River Village

91. Poling a Skiff

92. A Guest

93. Retirement

94. I Am a Madman

95. An Autumn Storm and Our Thatched Roof

96. Rain on a Spring Night

97-103. Seven For the Flowers Near the River

104-112. Random Feelings

113. Sundown Song

8. More Disruptions, 762-765

114. At Fengji Station: Second Farewell to Yan Wu

115. Song of My Friendship With Vice Prefect Yan

116. Sent to Be Written on the Wall of My Thatched Cottage

117. Good News About the War

118. Two Swallows

119. Saying Good-Bye at Fang Guans Grave

120. Climbing the Tower

121. Spending the Night at Headquarters

122. Weary Night

123-126. From Spring in the River Village

9. East to Kuizhou, 765-766

127. Farewell to Mr. Zhang

128. Moving to Kuizhou City

129. The Women Who Gather Firewood

130. The Tied-Up Chickens

131. Song For an Ancient Cypress

132. Overnight at the River Pavilion

133. Watching the Rain From the West Apartment

134-141. Autumn Thoughts

142. Filling in the Time

143. A Parrot

144. Night at the West Apartment

145. Old and Sick

10. the Gentleman Farmer, 767-768

146-147. Spring

148. Watching Fireflies

149-153. Five Poems on the Autumn Fields

154-155. Back and Forth Between Nang-West and East Village

156. Thinking About My Brother

157. September Full Moon

158. Note for Mr. Wu

159. From a Height

160. Drunk, I Fell Off My Horse

161. Deaf

162-163. Thoughts and Feelings

164. Giving Away My Orchard

11. Last Days

165. Night Thoughts Traveling

166. Drinking in the Library

167. Mourning Li Zhifang

168. Yueyang Tower

169. White Horse

170. Ready to Go

Acknowledgments

Selected Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375711602
Author:
Du Fu
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Translator:
Young, David
Author:
Du, Fu
Author:
Du Fu
Author:
Young, David
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Du, Fu
Subject:
Asian - General
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.92x5.24x.73 in. .61 lbs.

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