Mountain Poems of Meng Hao-Jan

ISBN-10: 0972869239
ISBN-13: 9780972869232
Edition: 2004
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Description: Meng Hao-jan (689"740 C.E.) is generally considered to be one of China's most important poets, but there has never been an edition of his work in English. Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism was coming to maturity and becoming widely practiced among the  More...

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List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Archipelago Books
Publication date: 1/5/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 81
Size: 6.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Meng Hao-jan (689"740 C.E.) is generally considered to be one of China's most important poets, but there has never been an edition of his work in English. Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism was coming to maturity and becoming widely practiced among the intelligentsia of China. Ch'an not only clarified anew the spiritual ecology of early Taoist thought, it also emphasized the old Taoist idea that deep understanding lies beyond words. In poetry, this gave rise to a much more distilled language, especially in its concise imagism, which opened new inner depths, nonverbal insights, and outright enigma. It was in the work of Meng Hao-jan that this poetic revolution began, a revolution that marked the beginning of Chinese poetry's first great flowering. He opened the poetic ground that would be cultivated so productively by the great poets that followed, and he was revered by those poets as their esteemed elder, first master of the short imagistic landscape poem. David Hinton's (Translator) many translations of ancient Chinese poetry have earned wide acclaim for creating compelling contemporary poetry. He is also the first translator in over a century to translate the four original masterworks of Chinese philosophy: Tao Te Ching, Chuang Tzu, Analects, and Mencius. He has held numerous fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and The -National Endowment for the Humanities. And in 1997, his work was awarded the Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets. He lives in East Calais, Vermont. "Hinton's music is subtle, modulated, and does not slacken with either contemporary or classic. He has listened to the individual tone of each poet, and his craft is equal to his perception. . . . He continues to enlarge our literary horizon. And the 'range of pleasure' his translations afford 'as sight, sound, and intellection,' proves them true poems. Poems that breathe another culture into our English."-The Academy of American Poets

David Hinton's many translations of classical Chinese poetry and philosophy have earned wide acclaim for creating compelling contemporary texts that convey the actual texture and density of the originals. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as numerous fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1997, he received the Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets. He lives in East Calais, Vermont.

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Introduction
Autumn Begins
Gathering Firewood
Listening to Cheng Yin Play His Ch'in
Adrift on North Creek
Climbing Long-View Mountain's Highest Peak
Looking for the Recluse Chang Tzu-jung at White-Crane Cliff
Adrift on a Summer's Day, I Visit the Hermitage of Recluse T'eng
Inscribed on a Wall at Li's Farm, for Ch'i-wu Ch'ien
On Reaching the Ju River Dikes, Sent to My Friend Lu
On Reaching the Han River
Roaming up to Master Jung's Hermitage ...
Visiting the Hermitage of Ch'an Monk Jung
Returning to My Garden at Night after Looking for Chang Wu
On the Tower at Uphold All-Gathering Monastery
In Lo-yang, Stopping by to Visit Yuan Kuan without Finding Him
Looking for T'eng's Old Recluse Home
Traveling to Yueh, I Linger Out Farewell with Chang and Shen
7/7 in a Strange Village
Anchoring Overnight at Ox Island ...
Down the Kan River Rapids
9/9 at Dragon-Sands, Sent to Liu
Stopping Overnight at Date-Brights Inn
Autumn Night, Setting Moon
Looking for Mei, Sage Master of Way
Early Plums
At Lumen-Empty Monastery, Visiting Dharma-Guile ...
Encountering Snow on the Road to Ch'ang-an
Overnight at Kingfisher-Hue Monastery ...
Outside the Capital, Farewell to Acrid-Expanse
Lingering Out Farewell with Wang Wei
Year's-End, On Returning to Southern Mountains
Sent to Ch'ao, the Palace Reviser
A Farewell for Tu Huang
Spending the Night at Abbot Yeh's Mountain Home, ...
At Lumen-Empty Monastery, Visiting the Hermitage of ...
After Chang Yuan's Clear Mirror Lament
At the Pavilion on Grand-View Mountain, ...
Adrift at Wu-ling
Anchored off Hsun-yang in Evening Light, ...
Anchored Overnight on Thatch-Hut River ...
Waiting Out Rain at East Slope, ...
Courtyard Oranges
Overnight at Cypress-Peak Monastery ...
Adrift on What-If River
The Ch'an Depths of a Monk at Royal-Patriarch Monastery
Heading West up the Che River, ...
Overnight on Abiding-Integrity River
Up Early at Fish-Creek Lake
New Year's Eve at Chang Tzu-jung's House in Lo-ch'eng
Anchored Overnight near the City Wall at Hsuan-ch'eng
Upriver to Wu-ch'ang
Below South Mountain, Inviting a Sage Gardener to Plant Melons
Climbing Deer-Gate Mountain, Thoughts of Ancient Times
Returning Home to Deer-Gate Mountain at Night
After Visiting Thought-Essence Monastery, I Return ...
Looking for the Master at Chrysanthemum Pond ...
Climbing Grand-View Mountain with Friends
On Peak-Light Tower with Prime Minister Chang Chiu-ling
Out on the Road, Skies Clearing
At Tung-t'ing Lake, Sent to Yen Fang
On Returning to My Mountains, for the Ch'an Abbot Clarity-Deep
On a Journey to Thought-Essence Monastery, ...
Wandering the West Ridge at Phoenix-Grove Monastery
Searching Incense Mountain for the Monk Clarity-Deep
Spring Dawn
Notes
Finding List
Further Reading

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