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Cold Mountain Poems: Zen Poems of Han Shan, Shih Te, and Wang Fan-Chih (Shambhala Library)

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The incomparable poetry of Han Shan (<st1:place w:st="on"> <st1:placename w:st="on">Cold</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Mountain</st1:placetype> </st1:place>) and his sidekick Shih Te, the rebel poets who became icons of Chinese poetry and Zen, has long captured the imagination of poetry lovers and Zen aficionados. Popularized in the West by Beat Generation writers Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac, these legendary Tang era (618-907) figures are portrayed as the laughing, ragged pair who left their poetry on stones, trees, farmhouses, and the walls of the monasteries they visited. Their poetry expressed in the simplest verse but in a completely new tone, the voice of ordinary people.

Here premier translator J. P. Seaton takes a fresh look at these captivating poets, along with Wang Fan-chih, another “outsider” poet who lived a couple centuries later and who captured the poverty and gritty day-to-day reality of the common people of his time. Seatons comprehensive introduction and notes throughout give a fascinating context to this vibrant collection.

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The incomparable poetry of Han Shan ( Cold Mountain ) and his sidekick Shih Te, the rebel poets who became icons of Chinese poetry and Zen, has long captured the imagination of poetry lovers and Zen aficionados. Popularized in the West by Beat Generation writers Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac, these legendary T'ang era (618-907) figures are portrayed as the laughing, ragged pair who left their poetry on stones, trees, farmhouses, and the walls of the monasteries they visited. Their poetry expressed in the simplest verse but in a completely new tone, the voice of ordinary people.

Here premier translator J. P. Seaton takes a fresh look at these captivating poets, along with Wang Fan-chih, another "outsider" poet who lived a couple centuries later and who captured the poverty and gritty day-to-day reality of the common people of his time. Seaton's comprehensive introduction and notes throughout give a fascinating context to this vibrant collection.

About the Author

J. P. Seaton is Professor of Chinese at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the translator of numerous books including The Poetry of Zen and The Shambhala Anthology of Chinese Poetry; his translations have been widely anthologized in such books as The Norton Anthology of World Poetry and The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry.

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ISBN:
9781590306468
Author:
Han Shan
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications
Translator:
Seaton, J. P.
Author:
Shan, Han
Author:
Hanshan
Author:
Seaton, J. P.
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Zen poetry, Chinese.
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Copyright:
Series:
Shambhala Library Shambhala Library
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
6.94x4.44x.61 in. .44 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The incomparable poetry of Han Shan ( Cold Mountain ) and his sidekick Shih Te, the rebel poets who became icons of Chinese poetry and Zen, has long captured the imagination of poetry lovers and Zen aficionados. Popularized in the West by Beat Generation writers Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac, these legendary T'ang era (618-907) figures are portrayed as the laughing, ragged pair who left their poetry on stones, trees, farmhouses, and the walls of the monasteries they visited. Their poetry expressed in the simplest verse but in a completely new tone, the voice of ordinary people.

Here premier translator J. P. Seaton takes a fresh look at these captivating poets, along with Wang Fan-chih, another "outsider" poet who lived a couple centuries later and who captured the poverty and gritty day-to-day reality of the common people of his time. Seaton's comprehensive introduction and notes throughout give a fascinating context to this vibrant collection.

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