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Mountain Home: The Wilderness Poetry of Ancient China

4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  79 ratings  ·  9 reviews
China's tradition of rivers-and-mountains poetry stretches across millennia. This is a plain-spoken poetry of immediate day-to-day experience, and yet seems most akin to China's grand landscape paintings. Although its wisdom is ancient, rooted in Taoist and Zen thought, the work feels utterly contemporary, especially as rendered here in Hinton's rich and accessible transla ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 17th 2005 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (first published 2002)
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In the past, I've been slow to warm to Hinton, preferring earlier masters of translation like Burton Watson, David Young and A. C. Graham. I'm especially fond of Kenneth Rexroth's mid-20th-century translations.

After a few months with Hinton, I've fallen under his spell. Chinese poetry, which I can only read in translation, is the closest thing I have to a sacred text – it's what I turn to when I'm down, or when I want to be taken to a completely different geography of mind. This is a rich collec
Although I am a voracious reader, I never have been drawn to poetry. It has always felt like too much work and in the end irrelevant to me. But having heard a podcast with David Hinton about this collection and having read many of the poems in this book, I see a new possibility, a poetry that is of the every day, of nature, of thoughts and concerns that I too share. I sometimes stare out the window and wonder what the clouds see or what the birds are laughing about or how the moon can still take ...more
Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
Finally, for me, translations of Chinese poetry that really bring it alive, though Red Pine's are also amazing and truly heart-cutting and brain brightening. But these translations bring out aspects of depth and imaginal light that I hadn't felt and noted before... Translations of our time, for sure. It's perfect for reading here and there, like stepping a gushing river or a sweet burbling stream on stones or small bridges.
When I was in my 20's and lived in Berkeley with a bunch of friends, we started reading ancient Chinese poetry, especially Li Po and Tu Fu. A lot of their poems are about visits with old friends, drinking wine, and looking at the moon -- timeless stuff.

I definitely recommend David Hinton's collections of Li Po and Tu Fu, but this broader collection (like a lot of anthologies) is somewhat hit or miss. Many of these poets are amazing and I found myself dog-earring dozens of pages with poems I lov
An excellent collection of mountain and river poetry of China from the fourth through 13th century. The brief biographies and introduction to the book are very good. Since the translations are done by one person the vocabulary tends to be a bit repetitive, inevitable perhaps. See also "The White Pony" also an anthology to compare translations and biographies. As I have no Chinese language I am completely dependent on others translations such as the many available of 'Cold Mountain' etc.
John Pappas
David Hinton's newly translated collection of classical Chinese poets is revelatory. Spare, limpid poems framed with comprehensive biographical, aesthetic, philosophical, cultural and historical notes that are not only well-presented, but actually fun to read. Still, the real star here is Hinton's preternatural ability to translate these thousand year old poems, preserving their beauty and clarity.
Trishuwa Trishuwa
By my bed. For those of us, and I am such a person, who love the earth, mountains, rivers, the wild it speaks to the heart.
Laura-nassidesa Eschbaugh
If you have not read ancient Chinese poetry this is a good starting place
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