Du Fu A Life in Poetry

ISBN-10: 0375711600

ISBN-13: 9780375711602

Edition: 2008

Authors: Fu Du, David Young

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Du Fu (712–770) is one of the undisputed geniuses of Chinese poetry—still universally admired and read thirteen centuries after his death. Now David Young, author ofBlack Lab,and well known as a translator of Chinese poets, gives us a sparkling new translation of Du Fu’s verse, arranged to give us a tour of the life, each “chapter” of poems preceded by an introductory paragraph that situates us in place, time, and circumstance. What emerges is a portrait of a modest yet great artist, an ordinary man moving and adjusting as he must in troubled times, while creating a startling, timeless body of work. Du Fu wrote poems that engaged his contemporaries and widened the path of the lyric poet. As his society—one of the world’s great civilizations—slipped from a golden age into chaos, he wrote of the uncertain course of empire, the misfortunes and pleasures of his own family, the hard lives of ordinary people, the changing seasons, and the lives of creatures who shared his environment. As the poet chases chickens around the yard, observes tear streaks on his wife’s cheek, or receives a gift of some shallots from a neighbor, Young’s rendering brings Du Fu’s voice naturally and elegantly to life. I sing what comes to me in ways both old and modern my only audience right now— nearby bushes and trees elegant houses stand in an elegant row, too many if my heart turns to ashes then that’s all right with me . . . from“Meandering River”
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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

David Young is a respected writer, commentator, journalist, environmentalist, and historian. Working independently in the field of history and the environment he work explores the nature-culture relationship, including perspectives from indigenous nature and indigenous culture.

Early Years in the East, 737-744
Writing Poems After Dinner at the Zuos'
On the Tower at Yanzhou
Gazing at Mount Tai
Fang's Amazing Horse
A Painting of a Falcon
A Winter Visit to the Temple of "His Mystical Majesty" North of Luoyang
Mr. Song's Deserted Villa
Visiting the Fengxian Monastery
For Li Bai
I Write Two Poems On the Wall at Zhang's
Feast at Stone Gate with Liu and Zheng
To Li Bai
Li Bai and I Visit the Hermit Fan
Back at the Capital, 745-750
Thinking of Li Bai On a Winter Day
What a Night!
Remembering Li Bai On a Spring Day
Answer to a Letter From My Brother About the Floods
Eight Gods of the Wine Cup
Meipi Lake
Farewell to Kong Chaofu
A Summer Outing
Leyou Park
War and Rebellion, 750-755
Song of the War Carts
From Serving at the Front
From Visiting General He
New Year's Eve at Du Wei's
From Back at General He's
Climbing the Buddhist Pagoda
Meandering River
Gorgeous Women
Sighing Over the Autumn Rains
I Finally Get a Post
Five Hundred Words About My Journey to Fengxian N
Trapped in the Capital, 756-758
Moonlight Night
The Battle at Chentao
Facing Snow
News of My Brothers
Spring Scene
Thinking of My Son
In the Abbot's Cell
The Pengya Road
Reunion and Recovery, 758-759
Jade Flower Palace
Qiang Village Poems
Fromthe Journey North
Meandering River
Too Much Heat and Too Much Work
Dreaming of Li Bai
In the City on Business I Meet One Friend and We Spend the Night Eating and Drinking At the House of Another
Thinking of My Brothers On a Moonlit Night
Qinzhou Poems
Thirty Bundles of Shallots
Abbot Zan
New Moon
Looking Out at the Plain
She Thinks of Him While Pounding Laundry
The Cricket
Leaving Qinzhou
The Tonggu Songs
Leaving Tonggu
Thatched Cottage, 759-762
Chengdu City
Siting a House
I Become a Farmer
River Village
Poling a Skiff
A Guest
I Am a Madman
An Autumn Storm and Our Thatched Roof
Rain on a Spring Night
Seven For the Flowers Near the River
Random Feelings
Sundown Song
More Disruptions, 762-765
At Fengji Station: Second Farewell to Yan Wu
Song of My Friendship With Vice Prefect Yan
Sent to Be Written on the Wall of My Thatched Cottage
Good News About the War
Two Swallows
Saying Good-Bye at Fang Guan's Grave
Climbing the Tower
Spending the Night at Headquarters
Weary Night
From Spring in the River Village
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