Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry From Ancient to Contemporary, the Full 3000-Year Tradition

ISBN-10: 0385721986

ISBN-13: 9780385721981

Edition: 2004

Authors: Tony Barnstone, Chou Ping, Mabel Lee, Burton Watson, Willis Barnstone

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Unmatched in scope and literary quality, The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry spans three thousand years, bringing together more than six hundred poems by more than one hundred thirty poets, in translations–many new and exclusive to the book–by an array of distinguished translators. Here is the grand sweep of Chinese poetry, from the Book of Songs–ancient folk songs said to have been collected by Confucius himself–and Laozi’s Dao De Jing to the vividly pictorial verse of Wang Wei, the romanticism of Li Po, the technical brilliance of Tu Fu, and all the way up to the twentieth-century poetry of Mao Zedong and the post—Cultural Revolution verse of the Misty poets. Encompassing the spiritual, philosophical, political, mystical, and erotic strains that have emerged over millennia, this broadly representative selection also includes a preface on the art of translation, a general introduction to Chinese poetic form, biographical headnotes for each of the poets, and concise essays on the dynasties that structure the book. A landmark anthology, The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry captures with impressive range and depth the essence of China’s illustrious poetic tradition.
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
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.

Willis Barnstone was born in Lewiston, Maine. He attended Bowdoin, Columbia, and Yale, earning his doctorate. Barnstone taught in Greece from 1949 to 1951, and in Buenos Aires during the Dirty War. He went to China during the Cultural Revolution, where he was later a Fulbright Professor of American Literature at Beijing Foreign Studies University from 1984 to 1985. Barnstone has authored more than forty books, poetry collections, poetry translations, philosophical and religious texts. He is a former O'Connor Professor of Greek at Colgate University, is a Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and is in the Institute of Biblical and Literary Studies at Indiana University. He has received numerous awards for his work, among them the Emily Dickinson Award, the W. H. Auden Award, and a PEN/Book-of-the-Month-Club Special Citation for translation. Barnstone was also a Guggenheim Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry. His titles include The Complete Poems of Sappho,, Translated with an Introduction, Ancient Greek Lyrics, Love Poems, and Caf� de l'Aube � Paris, Dawn Caf� in Paris: Poems Composed in French and Their Translation in English.

A Note on the Selections and Some Words of Thanks xxxv
Preface: The Poem Behind the Poem: Literary Translation as English-Language Poetry
Introduction to Chinese Poetic Form (as a Function of Yin-Yang Symmetry)
Zhou Dynasty (1122-256 bce) Book Of Songs(c. 600 bce)
White Moonrise Fruit Plummets from the Plum Tree Serene Girl In the Wilds Is a Dead River-Deer All the Grasslands Are Yellow
Ripe Millet I Beg You, Zhongzi When the Gourd Has Dried Leaves
From the Dao De Jing
From Encountering Sorrow
Han Dynasty (206 bce-220 ce) Nineteen Ancient Poems
"Traveling traveling and still traveling traveling"
"Green so green is the river grass"
"Green so green are the cypress over the burial mounds"
"At today's great banquet"
"A tall tower in the northwest"
"I cross the river to pick lotus flowers"
"Clear moon pours bright light at night"
"Soft and frail is a solitary bamboo"
"There is a wonderful tree in the courtyard"
"Far and far is the Cowherd Star"
"I turn my carriage around to return"
"The east wall is tall and long"
"I drive my wagon to the east gate"
"Day by day the dead are receding"
"Man dies within a hundred years"
"Chilly, chilly, the year-end clouds darken"
"A cold current in early winter"
"A traveler came from afar"
"Pure and white bright moon"
JIA YI(200-168 bce) The Owl
Anonymous Folk Songs from the Music Bureau (c. 120 bce)
The East Gate A Sad Tune He Waters His Horse Near a Breach in the Long Wall At Fifteen I Went to War An Ancient Poem Written for the Wife of Jiao Zhongqing
Six Dynasties Period (220-589)
Watching the Blue Ocean Song of Bitter Cold
From Chanting My Thoughts
To Be a Woman
Three Songs Four Seasons Song: Spring Four Seasons Song: Autumn
From The Art of Writing
The Impulse
The Joy of Words
The Riding Crop
Making It New
Ordinary and Sublime
The Well-Wrought Urn
Writer's Block
The Power of a Poem
In Memory of My Dead Wife
Return to My Country Home Begging for Food I Stop Drinking Drinking Alone When It Rains Day After Day Scolding My Kids Fire in the Sixth Month in 408 ce
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