Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry From Early Times to the Thirteenth Century

ISBN-10: 0231056834

ISBN-13: 9780231056830

Edition: 1984

Authors: Burton Watson

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The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetrypresents translations of more than 420 poems by 96 poets drawn from the great ages of Chinese poetry. It begins with selections from the Book of Odes, the oldest anthology of Chinese poetry compiled around the seventh century B.C., and covers the succeeding generations down to the end of the Sung dynasty in A.D. 1279. Important poets such as T´ao Yan-ming, LiPo, Tu Fu, Su Tung-p´o, and Lu Yu are treated in separate sections with generous samplings from their works, while lesser poets are represented in chapters devoted to the particular era in which they lived. A general introduction discusses the major characteristics and forms of traditional Chinese poetry, while introductory essays to the individual chapters outline the history of poetic development in China over the centuries.
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Book details

List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 1984
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 1/21/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 385
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Burton Watson, award-winning translator of Chinese and Japanese literature and poetry, was born in New Rochelle, New York in 1925. When he was 17 years old, he dropped out of high school and joined the Navy. He experienced Japan through his weekly shore leaves while stationed at Yokosuka Harbor in 1945. Consequently, Watson attended Columbia University and majored in Chinese and Japanese studies. In 1951, he received a Ford Foundation Overseas Fellow and returned to Kyoto. Watson received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1956. He has taught English at Doshisha University in Kyoto, and Chinese at Stanford and Columbia. Columbia University's Translation Center awarded Watson the Gold Medal Award in 1979. Watson also won the PEN Translation Prize in 1981 for his translation of Hiroaki Sato of From the Country of Eight Islands: An Anthology of Japanese Poetry. He won this award again in 1995 for Selected Poems of Su Tung-p'o. Watson moved to Japan in 1973, where he currently resides.

Introduction
The Book of Odes
The Ch'u Tz'u
Early Songs, Poems in Rhyme-Prose Form, and Yneh-fu Ballads
Poems of the Han and Wei
T'ao Ynan-ming
Chin, Six Dynasties, and Sui Poets
Major T'ang Poets I: Wang Wei, Li Po, Tu Fu
Major T'ang Poets II: Han Yn, Po Chn-i, Han-shan
Other T'ang Poets
Two Major Sung Poets: Su Tung-p'o, Lu Yu
Other Sung Poets
Lyrics in Tz'u Form
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