Poems of the Late T'ang

ISBN-10: 1590172574

ISBN-13: 9781590172575

Edition: 2008

Authors: A. C. Graham

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Classical Chinese poetry reached its pinnacle during the T'ang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.), and the poets of the late T'ang-a period of growing political turmoil and violence-are especially notable for combining strking formal inovation with raw emotional intensity. A. C. Graham's slim but indispensable anthology of late T'ang poetry begins with Tu Fu, commonly recognized as the greatest Chinese poet of all, whose final poems and sequences lament the pains of exile in images of crystalline strangeness. It continues with the work of six other masters, including the "cold poet" Meng Chiao, who wrote of retreat from civilization to the remoteness of the high mountains; the troubled and haunting Li Ho, who, as Graham writes, cultivated a "wholly personal imagery of ghosts, blood, dying animals, weeping statues, whirlwinds, the will-o'-the-wisp"; and the shimmeringly strange poems of illicit love and Taoist initiation of the enigmatic Li Shang-yin. Offering the largest selection of these poets' work available in English in a translation that is a classic in its own right, "Poems of the Late T'ang" also includes Graham's searching essay "The Translation of Chinese Poetry" as well as helpful notes on each of the poets and on many of the individual poems.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 1/22/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

A.C. Graham is Professor Emeritus of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Among his many translations and writings are Chuang-tzu: the Seven Inner Chapters and Other Writings from the Book of Chuang-tzuand Reason and Spontaneity.

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