Spring Essence The Poetry of Ho Xuan Huong

ISBN-10: 1556591489

ISBN-13: 9781556591488

Edition: 2000

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Ho Xuan Huong-whose name translates as "Spring Essence"-is one of the most important and popular poets in Vietnam. A concubine, she became renowned for her poetic skills, writing subtly risque poems which used double entendre and sexual innuendo as a vehicle for social, religious, and political commentary. "The Unwed Mother" Because I was too easy, this happened. Can you guess the hollow in my heart? Fate did not push out a bud even though the willow grew. He will carry this a hundred years but I must bear the burden now. Never mind the gossip of the world. Don't have it, yet have it ! So simple. The publication of Spring Essence is a major historical and cultural event. It features a "tri-graphic" presentation of English translations alongside both the modern Vietnamese alphabet and the nearly extinct calligraphic Nom writing system, the hand-drawn calligraphy in which Ho Xuan Huong originally wrote her poems. It represents the first time that this calligraphy-the carrier of Vietnamese culture for over a thousand years-will be printed using moveable type. From the technology demonstrated in this book scholars worldwide can begin to recover an important part of Vietnam's literary history. Meanwhile, readers of all interests will be fascinated by the poetry of Ho Xuan Huong, and the scholarship of John Balaban. The translator, John Balaban, was twice a National Book Award finalist for his own poetry and is one of the preeminent American authorities on Vietnamese literature. During the war Balaban served as a conscientious objector, working to bring war-injured children better medical care. He later returned to Vietnam to record folk poetry. Like Alan Lomax's pioneering work in American music, Balaban was to first to record Vietnam's oral tradition. This important work led him to the poetry of Ho Xuan Huong. Ngo Than Nhan, a computational linguist from NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematics, has digitized the ancient Nom calligraphy. Also available by John Balaban Locusts at the Edge of Summer PB $15.00, 1-55659-123-3 CUSA Words for My Daughter PB $10.00, 1-55659-037-7 CUSA
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List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 10/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 140
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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Autumn Landscape
Confession (I)
Offering Betel
Confession (II)
Lament for the Prefect of Vinh-Tuong
Lament for Commissioner Coc
Confession (III)
The Floating Cake
On Sharing a Husband
River Snail
Tavern by a Mountain Stream
Teasing Chieu-Ho
Chieu-Ho's Reply
Three-Mountain Pass
Weaving at Night
On a Portrait of Two Beauties
The Unwed Mother
Male Member
Girl without a Sex
The Paper Fan
Picking Flowers
The Wellspring
Consoling a Young Widow
The Pharmacist's Widow Mourns His Death
The Condition of Women
Village Schoolmaster
The Retired Doctor
Young Scholars
Quan Su Pagoda
Buddhist Nun
The Lustful Monk
Old Pagoda
Viewing Cac-Co Cavern
Mocking a Monk
Tran Quoc Temple
At the Chinese General's Tomb
Rusty Coins
The Scarecrow
The Crab
Unwelcome Houseguest
The Kingdom of Dang
The Chess Game
Heaven Market
Questions for the Moon
Country Scene
Spring-Watching Pavilion
Sources for Nom poems
Sources for quoc-ngu versions
About the translator
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