Poems by Wang Wei

Poems by Wang Wei

Poems by Wang Wei

Poems by Wang Wei

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The poetry of Wang Wei, intimately personal in character, may well be likened to a diary of the human spirit. Let, then, this introduction also be of a personal nature. Let me attempt to convey something of the adventure in joy shared by Chang Yin-nan and myself while translating the following poems. For him, our work has eased somewhat the nostalgia within his heart caused by long exile from his native land. For me, it has been an exultant escape: through the doorway of the mind, I have walked away from concrete city blocks to roam the spacious Chinese countryside once more. Both of us were happily forced back in spirit to the world of nature.

Simply, poignantly, Wang Wei relates his reactions to "the ten thousand problems that pursue our life," depicting the basic significance of experience against a multicoloured back-drop of surpassing natural beauty. In order to catch his elusive moods and meanings, we have been obliged often to "stand still, and wait and listen," until we could share his thinking, see what he saw, and feel what he felt. A pleasant task -- made less difficult because both Mr. Chang and I lived many years in China before the Communists took control.

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