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19 WAYS OF LOOKING AT WANG WEI

Author: WEINBERGER, ELIOT
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Nineteen different translations of a single poem with comments on each version by Eliot Weinberger and introduction contributed by Octavio Paz.
300 TANG POEMS

300 TANG POEMS

Author: WATERS ET AL
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The road to Shu is hard, but harder still is to convey the spirit with which these poems were first written over a thousand years ago. And yet the translators have given us translations that feel alive, as if they were more like a dance between poet and translator, both of whom live on through the beauty of these poems. The night is young, and this book is full of music.--Red Pine

Three Hundred Tang Poems includes great names like Li Bai, Du Fu, and Wang Wei, as well as a splendid sampling of the rest of poets who helped to make the Tang the golden age of Chinese poetry.

ADVENTURES OF THE MAD MONK JI GONG: THE DRUNKEN WISDOM OF CHINA'S MOST FAMOUS CHAN BUDDHIST MONK

ADVENTURES OF THE MAD MONK JI GONG: THE DRUNKEN WISDOM OF CHINA'S MOST FAMOUS CHAN BUDDHIST MONK

Author: XIAOTING, GUO
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Follow the brilliant and hilarious adventures of a mad Zen Buddhist monk who rose from humble beginnings to become one of China's greatest folk heroes!

Ji Gong studied at the renowned Ling Yin monastery, an immense temple that still ranges up to the steep hills above Hangzhou, near Shanghai. The Chan (Zen) Buddhist masters of the temple tried to instruct Ji Gong in the spartan practices of their sect, but the young monk, following in the footsteps of other great ne'er-do-wells, distinguished himself mainly by getting expelled. He left the monastery, became a wanderer with hardly a proper piece of clothing to wear, and achieved significant renown--in seedy wine shops and drinking establishments!

That could have been where Ji Gong's story ended. But his unorthodox style of Buddhism soon made him a hero for storytellers of the Song dynasty era. Audiences delighted in tales where the mad old monk ignored--or even mocked--authority, defied common sense, never neglected the wine, yet still managed to save the day. Ji Gong remains popular in China even today, where he regularly appears as the wise old drunken fool in movies and TV shows. In Adventures of the Mad Monk Ji Gong, you'll read how he has a rogue's knack for exposing the corrupt and criminal while still pursuing the twin delights of enlightenment and intoxication. This literary classic of a traveling martial arts master, fighting evil and righting wrongs, will entertain Western readers of all ages!

AMONG THE FLOWERING REEDS

AMONG THE FLOWERING REEDS

Author: JONG-GIL
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Up until the 17th century, the bulk of Korean poetry was written in Chinese, the language of poets, scholars, and monks. This work became an integral part of Korean literary tradition. Among the Flowering Reeds, which introduces this important poetic tradition to the English-speaking audience, includes 100 poems spanning more than 1,000 years. Lovers of Chinese and Japanese poetry will delight in these translations, which capture both the elegant simplicity and the emotional complexity of the originals.

Kim Jong-gil is a Professor Emeritus of English at Korea University in Seoul and is a member of the Korean Academy of Arts. His works of translation include The Snow Falling on Chagall's Village: Poems of Kim Ch'un-Su. He is presently completing an anthology of modern Korean poetry.

ANCHOR BOOK CHINESE POETRY

ANCHOR BOOK CHINESE POETRY

Author: BARNSTON
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Unmatched in scope and literary quality, this landmark anthology spans three thousand years, bringing together more than six hundred poems by more than one hundred thirty poets, in translations-many new and exclusive to the book-by an array of distinguished translators.

Here is the grand sweep of Chinese poetry, from the Book of Songs-ancient folk songs said to have been collected by Confucius himself-and Laozi's Dao De Jing to the vividly pictorial verse of Wang Wei, the romanticism of Li Po, the technical brilliance of Tu Fu, and all the way up to the twentieth-century poetry of Mao Zedong and the post--Cultural Revolution verse of the Misty poets. Encompassing the spiritual, philosophical, political, mystical, and erotic strains that have emerged over millennia, this broadly representative selection also includes a preface on the art of translation, a general introduction to Chinese poetic form, biographical headnotes for each of the poets, and concise essays on the dynasties that structure the book. The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry captures with impressive range and depth the essence of China's illustrious poetic tradition.

ANTHOLOGY CHINESE LITERATURE 1from Early times to the 14th century

ANTHOLOGY CHINESE LITERATURE 1from Early times to the 14th century

Author: BIRCH
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Internationally renowned Chinese literature scholar Cyril Birch was the first to assemble the finest translations of these seminal pieces in his now classic and still definitive introductory anthologies. The selections in this first volume span a two-thousand-year period: from the Chou Dynasty (1122-221 B.C.) to the Y'an Dynasty (A.D. 1280-1367), from the ancient Songs to the dramas of the fourteenth century, every major genre of Chinese literature is represented by a crucial work. Highlights include, in addition to the great poems of the T'ang, outstanding examples of Han poetry, Six Dynasties satire, T'ang-sung prose essays and fiction, and the form of lyric known as "tz'u."
ANTHOLOGY CHINESE LITERATURE 2-14TH CENTURY TO PRESENT

ANTHOLOGY CHINESE LITERATURE 2-14TH CENTURY TO PRESENT

Author: BIRCH
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Represented here are examples of various categories of Chinese literary composition-verses, songs, stories, essays, drama, and excerpts from novels from the Y'an and Ching Dynasties, as well as the Republican Period. Highlights include Songs from the Y'an Dynasty, The Temptation of Saint Pigsy by Wu Ch'eng-en, a selection from Peony Pavilion, early Ch'ing lyrics, and Six Chapters from A Floating Life by Shen Fu.
ANTHOLOGY CLASSICAL CHINESE POETRY

ANTHOLOGY CLASSICAL CHINESE POETRY

Author: WEINBERG
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A groundbreaking anthology of classical Chinese translations by giants of Modern American poetry. A rich compendium of translations, The New Directions Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry is the first collection to look at Chinese poetry through its enormous influence on American poetry. Weinberger begins with Ezra Pound's Cathay (1915), and includes translations by three other major U.S. poetsWilliam Carlos Williams, Kenneth Rexroth, Gary Snyderand an important poet-translator-scholar, David Hinton, all of whom have long been associated with New Directions. Moreover, it is the first general anthology ever to consider the process of translation by presenting different versions of the same poem by various translators, as well as examples of the translators rewriting themselves. The collection, at once playful and instructive, serves as an excellent introduction to the art and tradition of Chinese poetry, gathering some 250 poems by nearly 40 poets. The anthology also includes previously uncollected translations by Pound; a selection of essays on Chinese poetry by all five translators, some never published before in book form; Lu Chi's famous Rhymeprose on Literature translated by Achilles Fang; biographical notes that are a collage of poems and comments by both the American translators and the Chinese poets themselves; and also Weinberger's excellent introduction that historically contextualizes the influence Chinese poetry has had on the work of American poets.

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AWAKENED COSMOS: THE MIND OF CLASSICAL CHINESE POETRY

AWAKENED COSMOS: THE MIND OF CLASSICAL CHINESE POETRY

Author: HINTON, DAVID
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A deep and radically original exploration of Taoist and Ch'an (Zen) Buddhist wisdom through the lens of the life and work of Tu Fu, widely considered China's greatest classical poet.

What is consciousness but the Cosmos awakened to itself? This question is fundamental to the Taoist and Ch'an (Zen) Buddhist worldview that shapes classical Chinese poetry. A uniquely conceived biography, Awakened Cosmos illuminates that worldview through the life and work of Tu Fu (712-770 C.E.), China's greatest classical poet. Tu Fu's writing traces his life from periods of relative normalcy to years spent as an impoverished refugee amid the devastation of civil war. Exploring key poems to guide the reader through Tu Fu's dramatic life, Awakened Cosmos reveals Taoist/Ch'an insight deeply lived across the full range of human experience.

Each chapter presents a poem in three stages: first, the original Chinese; then, an English translation in Hinton's masterful style; and finally, a lyrical essay that discusses the untranslatable philosophical dimensions of the poem. The result is nothing short of remarkable: a biography of the Cosmos awakened to itself in the form of a magisterial poet alive in T'ang Dynasty China.

Thirty years ago, David Hinton published America's first full-length translation of Tu Fu's work. Awakened Cosmos is published simultaneously with a newly translated and substantially expanded version of that landmark translation: The Selected Poems of Tu Fu: Expanded and Newly Translated (New Directions).