Frontier Taiwan: An Anthology of Modern Chinese Poetry

Frontier Taiwan: An Anthology of Modern Chinese Poetry

Frontier Taiwan: An Anthology of Modern Chinese Poetry

Frontier Taiwan: An Anthology of Modern Chinese Poetry

Synopsis

Taiwan has evolved dramatically from a little-known island to an internationally acclaimed economic miracle and thriving democracy. The history of modern Taiwanese poetry parallels and tells the story of this transformation from periphery to frontier. Containing translations of nearly 400 poems from 50 poets spanning the entire twentieth century, this anthology reveals Taiwan in a broad spectrum of themes, forms, and styles: from lyrical meditation to political satire, haiku to concrete poetry, surrealism to postmodernism. The in-depth introduction outlines the development of modern poetry in the unique historical and cultural context of Taiwan. Comprehensive in both depth and scope, Frontier Taiwan beautifully captures the achievements of the nation's modern poetic traditions.

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On behalf of the editors I wish to express our deep gratitude to the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, which has been the sole promoter of the Modern Chinese Literature from Taiwan series in which this anthology is included.

The compilation and editing of an anthology is a delicate task involving the selection of the poets to be represented; the choice of poems to be included in the work; the engaging of competent translators; and the editing of the submitted translations. the three members of the editorial board—Michelle Yeh, Xiang Yang, and myself—have been solely responsible for the selection of poets. the poets themselves were asked to suggest which of their poems they wished to see included. the translators were also invited to submit their preferences. the final decisions were made by the editorial board of the anthology. the editing of the translations has been undertaken by Michelle Yeh and myself, in close consultation with the translators. the introduction, biographical notes, notes to the poems, and bibliography were written and compiled by Michelle Yeh, Chief Editor.

The editors gratefully acknowledge the enthusiasm and the fine spirit of cooperation with which the translators have tackled their often very difficult tasks. We also express deep appreciation of the efficient way in which Ms.

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