Orchid Boat

ISBN-10: 0811208214

ISBN-13: 9780811208215

Edition: 1982 (Reprint)

Authors: Kenneth Rexroth, Ling Chung

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This book (originally published in 1972 by The Seabury Press as The Orchid Boat) is the first representative collection of the poetry of Chinese women to appear in English. Unlike Japan with its long tradition of women writers, poetry by women did not become fashionable in China until the Ch'ing dynasty (1644-1911), although poems from earlier centuries that do in fact survive will quickly dispel any stereotyped views. Included here are samplings from the legendary earliest poetry of courtesans, palace women, and Tao priestesses to works by contemporary Chinese women living in both the East and West. Appendixes include notes on the poems, an introductory essay on Chinese women and literature, a table of historical periods, and a bibliography.
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 1982
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 2/17/1982
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 150
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Kenneth Rexroth was born in South Bend, Indiana, and worked at a wide variety of jobs, being largely self-educated. In the late 1950s, he won a number of awards, including an Amy Lowell Travelling Fellowship, the Shelley Memorial Award, and a National Institute of Arts and Letters Literature Award. He translated widely, mainly from the Japanese, and wrote a lively account of his life, An Autobiographical Novel. His work influenced many younger poets, such as Snyder, and continued in part the traditions of imagism and objectivism. A critic as well as a poet, his collections of essays include American Poetry in the Twentieth Century (1971) and Communalism: From Its Origins to the Twentieth Century (1975).

A Song of Magpies
A Song of White Hair
A Song of Grief
From 18 Verses Sung to a Tatar Reed Whistle
Spring Song
Five Tzu Yeh Songs
On the Slope of Hua Mountain
A Song of Hsi-Ling Lake
After One of the 19 Famous Han Poems
A Love Song of the Empress Wu
A Greeting to Lu Hung-Chien Who Came to Visit Me by the Lake in My Illness
Advice to a Neighbor Girl
Living in the Summer Mountains
Sending Spring Love to Tzu-An
The Autumn Brook
An Old Poem to Y�an Ch�n
A Song of Chin Men District
A Poem on a Floating Red Leaf
The Bamboo Shaded Pool
Slender Fingers
Red Sandalwood Mouth
Willow Eyebrows
Cloud Hairdress
Creamy Breasts
The Emperor Asks Why My Husband Surrendered
Life in the Palace
Written at a Party Where My Lord Gave Away a Thousand Bolts of Silk
To the Tune "The Bodhisattva's Barbaric Headdress"
To the Short Tune "The Magnolias"
To the Tune "A Hilly Garden"
Happy and Tipsy to the Tune 'A Dream Song"
The Sorrow of Departure to the Tune "Butterflies Love Flowers"
Spring Ends to the Tune "Spring in Wu-Ling"
To the Tune "The Honor of a Fisherman"
To the Tune "Eternal Happiness"
To the Tune "I Paint My Lips Red"
To the Tune "Picking Mulberries"
Spring Joy
Spring Night to the Tune "Panning Gold"
Plum Blossoms
Playing All a Summer's Day by the Lake to the Tune "Clear Bright Joy"
Farewell to LI to the Tune "A Partridge Sky"
To the Tune "The Phoenix Hairpin"
To the Tune "A Dream Song"
To the Tune "The River is Red"'
Marriied Love
Courtesan's Songs to the Tune "Red Embroidered Shoes"
To the Tune "A Branch of Bamboo"
A Song of the Dice
To the Tune "The Fall of a Little Wild Goose"
A Farewell to a Southern Melody
To the Tune "A Floating Cloud Crosses Enchanted Mountain"
To the Tune "Soaring Clouds"
To the Tune "Red Embroidered Shoes"
To the Tune "Plucking a Cinnamon Branch"
A Letter
Seeking a Mooring
To the Tune "A Watered Silk Dress"
To the Tune "Washing Silk in the Stream"
On the Road Through Chang-Te
Travelling in the Mountains
Starting at Dawn
The Trail Up Wu Gorge
To the Tune "The Pain of Lovesickness"
For the Courtesan Ching Lin to the Tune "The Love of the Immortals"
To the Tune "The Joy of Peace and Brightness"
To the Tune "Flowers Along the Path Through the Field"
Returning from Flower Law Mountain on a Winter Day to the Tune "Washing Silk in the Stream"
In the Home of the Scholar Wu Su-Chiang from Hsin-An, I Saw Two Psalteries of the Late Sung General Hsieh Fang-T�
To the Tune "A Dream Song"
To the Tune "Intoxicated with Shadows of Flowers"
A Call to Action
A Letter to Lady T'Ao Ch'Iu to the Tune "Walking Through the Sedges"
Two Poems to the Tune "The Narcissus by the River"
To the Tune "The River is Red"
For the Record (given to My Little Brother)
From Multitudinous Stars and Spring Waters
Evening Rendezvous
My Dressing Mirror is a Humpbacked Cat
Cloud Dissects Itself
Vague Apprehension to a Gambler
Woman Wall
Night Street
The Pitcher
Summer Freezes Here
Written in the Sunset
To _____
Who Stops the Dance?
If You Think with Fire
Thinking of Some1
A Melody
The Arrival
Beyond Silence
From the White Color of Nearness
Drinking the Wind
Dusk on the Veranda by Lake Mendota Summer 1968
The Fall of Moon Lady Before the Landing of Apollo X
On the Melting Lake
Song of Rootless People
Harvesting Wheat for the Public Share
Notes to the Poems
Chinese Women and Literature -- a Brief Survey
Table of Chinese Historical Periods
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