Poems of the Masters China's Classic Anthology of T'ang and Sung Dynasty Verse

ISBN-10: 1556591950
ISBN-13: 9781556591952
Edition: 2003
Authors: Red Pine
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Description: Poetry is China's greatest art, and for the past eight centuries Poems of the Masters has been that country's most studied and memorized collection of verse. For the first time ever in English, here is the complete text, with an introduction and  More...

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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 9/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.562

Poetry is China's greatest art, and for the past eight centuries Poems of the Masters has been that country's most studied and memorized collection of verse. For the first time ever in English, here is the complete text, with an introduction and extensive notes by renowned translator, Red Pine. Over one hundred poets are represented in this bilingual edition, including many of China's celebrated poets: Li Pai, Wang Wei, Tu Fu, Wang Po, and Ou-yang Hsiu. Poems of the Masters was compiled during the Sung dynasty (960"1278), a time when poetry became the defining measure of human relationships and understanding. As Red Pine writes in his introduction: "Nothing was significant without a poem, no social or ritual occasion, no political or personal event was considered complete without a few well-chosen words that summarized the complexities of the Chinese vision of reality and linked that vision with the beat of their hearts . . . [Poetry's] greatest flowering was in the T'ang and Sung, when suddenly it was everywhere: in the palace, in the street, in every household, every inn, every monastery, in every village square." "Chiupu River Song" by Li Pai My white hair extends three miles the sorrow of parting made it this long who would guess to look in a mirror where autumn frost comes from Red Pine (the pen name of writer and independent scholar Bill Porter) is one of the world's most respected translators of Chinese literature, bringing into English several of China's central religious and literary texts: Taoteching, The Diamond Sutra, Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma, and Collected Songs of Cold Mountain. He lives near Seattle, Washington.

Translator's Preface
Spring Dawn
Calling on Censor Yuan without Success
Seeing Off Supply Director Kuo
The Roads of Loyang
Sitting Alone on Chingting Mountain
Climbing White Stork Tower
On Seeing Princess Yung-lo Leave for Manchuria
Spring Complaint
A Pear Blossom in the East Wing
On Thinking of My Lord's Grace
On Mister Yuan's Country Retreat
Seeing Off Chao Tsung at Night
Bamboo Retreat
Seeing Off Chu Ta Leaving for Ch'in
Ballad of Changkan
Ode to the Past
Resigning as Minister
On Meeting a Chivalrous Man
Traveling on the Yangtze
In Reply to Li Huan
Ode to the Autumn Wind
To Secretary Ch'iu on an Autumn Night
Autumn Day
Autumn Day on the Lake
Written in the Palace
Looking for a Recluse without Success
Surprised by Autumn on the Fen
Delayed on the Szechuan Road
Thoughts on a Quiet Night
Chiupu River Song
To Vice Censor Ch'iao
In Reply to the Prefect of Wuling
Thinking of My Home in Ch'ang-an While Traveling with the Army for Nine Days
A Concubine's Lament
Written at Chulin Temple
Passing the Shrine to the Master of the Three Gates
Saying Goodbye on the Yi River
Saying Goodbye to Lu Ch'in-Ch'ing
In Reply
Reaching Sword Gate Pass After Touring the Land of Shu
Replying to a Poem by Prime Minister Lu of Chinling
At an Imperial Banquet in Penglai Hall Offering Praise for the Chungnan Mountains
Parting from a Friend on a Night in Spring
Attending a Banquet at Princess Ch'ang-ning's Eastern Estate
Given the Word "Forest" by His Majesty at the Licheng Palace Library Banquet
Seeing Off a Friend
Seeing Off a Friend Leaving for Shu
Stopping at Peiku Mountain
Mister Su's Country Retreat
Staying Overnight at the Chancellery in Spring
Painted on the Wall of Master Hsuan-wu's Room
The Chungnan Mountains
To Censor Tu at the Chancellery
On Climbing Tsungchih Pagoda
Climbing Yenchou Tower
On Deputy Prefect Tu Taking Up a Post in Shuchou
Seeing Off Ts'ui Jung
The Imperial Entourage on the Road from Tengfeng
Written on the Wall of Master Yi's Meditation Hut
To Chang Hsu after Drinking
Jade Terrace Temple
On Seeing a Landscape Painted by My Commissioner Cousin for Li Ku
Recording My Thoughts While Traveling at Night
Climbing Yuehyang Tower
Traveling South of the Yangtze
Spending the Night at Lunghsing Temple
The Meditation Hall behind Poshan Temple
Written at the Sungting Relay Station
Shengkuo Temple
Gazing across the Countryside
Seeing Off Editor Ts'ui Marching East
Encountering Rain at Changpa Reservoir One Evening While Enjoying a Cool Breeze with Rich Young Men and Their Singsong Girls - I
Encountering Rain at Changpa Reservoir One Evening While Enjoying a Cool Breeze with Rich Young Men and Their Singsong Girls - II
Spending the Night at Yunmen Temple Pavilion
Climbing Hsieh T'iao's North Tower in Hsuancheng in Autumn
Overlooking Tungting Lake - For Prime Minister Chang
Passing Hsiangchi Temple
For Censor Cheng on Being Banished to Fukien
Miscellaneous Poem at Chinchou
Shrine to Yu the Great
Gazing at the Valley of Ch'in
Commiserating with Gentleman-in-Waiting Wang on Tungting Lake
Crossing the Yangtze
Drinking at Night in Yuchou
Casual Poem on a Spring Day
Spring Day
Spring Night
Early Spring East of Town
Spring Night
Light Rain in Early Spring
New Year's Day
Attending a Banquet on the Great Beginning
Occasional Poem on the Arrival of Spring
On a Painting of Playing Football
Palace Ode - I
Palace Ode - II
In Praise of Huaching Palace
Chingping Ode
Written on the Wall of an Inn
Quatrain
Begonia
Grave Sweeping Day
Chingming
Festival Day
Cold Food
Chiangnan Spring
For Gentleman-in-Attendance Kao
Quatrain
Visiting a Private Garden without Success
Traveling Away from Home
Written on a Screen
Inspired
The Peach Blossoms of Chingchuan Hermitage
The Peach Blossoms of Hsuantu Temple
Visiting Hsuantu Temple Again
Chuchou's West Stream
Flower Shadows
North Mountain
On the Lake
Inspired
Spring Clearing
Late Spring
Falling Flowers
Visiting a Private Garden in Late Spring
The Oriole Shuttle
Events of Late Spring
Climbing a Mountain
Lament of the Silkmaid
Late Spring
Spring Lament
Seeing Off Spring
Seeing Off Spring on the Last Day of April
Away from Home at the Beginning of Summer
Waiting for a Friend
Waking Up in Early Summer
On the Sanchu Road
Impressions
Visiting Chang's Garden at the Beginning of Summer
Written at the South Tower of Ochou
A Mountain Pavilion on a Summer Day
A Farm Family
Village Events
On the Pomegranate Flower
Village Dusk
Written on Mister Lakeshade's Wall
Black Robe Lane
Seeing Off Yuan Er on a Mission to Anhsi
On Yellow Crane Tower Hearing a Flute
Written at Huainan Temple
The Seventh Night
Autumn Moon
Autumn at the Gate
Autumn Evening
Mid-Autumn Moon
Reflections at a River Tower
Written at an Inn in Linan
At Chingtzu Temple Seeing Off Lin Tzu-fang at Dawn
Drinking on the Lake As It Clears Then Rains
Retiring After Attending a Tea at Hsuante Palace
Climbing to Canopy Pavilion on a Summer Day
Written While Serving at Jade Hall
Written at Secretary Wang's Bamboo Tower
Serving in the Secretariat
Reflections While Reading - I
Reflections While Reading - II
Cold Spring Pavilion
For Liu Ching-wen
Anchored Overnight at Maple Bridge
Winter Night
The Frost and the Moon
The Plum
Early Spring
The Show and the Plum - I
The Snow and the Plum - II
Herdboy
Anchored Overnight on the Chinhuai
On Geese Turning Back
Written on a Wall
Morning Court at Taming Palace
Responding to Secretary Chia Chih's "Morning Court at Taming Palace"
Responding to Secretary Chia Chih's "Morning Court at Taming Palace"
Responding to Secretary Chia Chih's "Morning Court at Taming Palace"
On Lantern Festival at Imperial Request
On Lantern Festival at Imperial Request
Attending a Banquet at the New Residence of Princess An-lo
In Reply to Ting Yuan-chen
Flower Garland Song
Private Thoughts
Cold Food
Chingming
Drinking Wine on Grave Sweeping Day
Strolling outside Town
The Swing
While Drinking at the Chuchiang Waterway - I
While Drinking at the Chuchiang Waterway - II
Yellow Crane Tower
A Traveler's Thoughts on a Spring Evening
In Reply to Li Tan
River Village
Summer Day
Written at My Wang River Retreat after a Steady Rain
New Bamboo at East Lake
Spending a Summer Night with My Cousin Talking about the Past
Occasional Poem on an Autumn Day
Visiting Crescent Pond
Autumn Inspiration - I
Autumn Inspiration - II
Autumn Inspiration - III
Autumn Inspiration - IV
Aboard a Boat on a Moonlit Night
Autumn Longing in Ch'ang-an
Early Autumn
Mid-Autumn
At Mister Ts'ui's Villa in Lantien on the Ninth
Autumn Thoughts
For Hermit Chu, My Neighbor to the South
Hearing a Flute
Winter Scene
Winter Solstice Eve
How Plum Flowers Embarrass a Garden
For My Nephew, Hsiang, on My Demotion and Arrival at Lankuan Pass
Spears and Shields
Returning to My Retreat
A Mountain Widow
Postscript
Timeline
About the Translator
Index of Authors
Index of Titles

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