Five Tang Poets: Wang Wei, Li Po, Tu Fu, Li Ho, Li Shang-Yin

Five Tang Poets: Wang Wei, Li Po, Tu Fu, Li Ho, Li Shang-Yin

Five Tang Poets: Wang Wei, Li Po, Tu Fu, Li Ho, Li Shang-Yin

Five Tang Poets: Wang Wei, Li Po, Tu Fu, Li Ho, Li Shang-Yin

Synopsis

The selections from these five poets constitute some of the greatest lyric poetry ever written. Each poet is introduced by the translator, David Young, and represented by a selection that spans the poet's development and career.

Excerpt

This collection reflects a period of some fifteen years in which I have experimented with the intriguing problem of bringing Chinese poems over into English. My method has been to study the Chinese tradition as time and inclination have served; to translate when the impulse was strong and useful means and materials were available; and to check my results with friends and colleagues willing to bring their larger grasp of the subject and the language to bear on my efforts. My lines of approach have been as varied as I could make them: comparing existing translations, drawing upon scholarly discussions of texts I wanted to translate, working from literal (character-by-character) versions prepared by friends or available in published form; and learning as much as I could about Chinese grammar and poetic convention through collaborative translation (of a poet not included here) with a friend and former colleague.

It is useful to be clear on what this collection does and does not offer. It doesn't translate new materials; none of these poems appears here for . . .

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