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Heaven My Blanket, Earth My Pillow: Poems from Sung Dynasty China by Yang Wan-Li

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Yang Wan-Li (1127–1206) is one of China’s “four masters of Southern Sung poetry.” These poems were written at what could be seen as a low point in Sung history: an invasion by the Jurchens had forced the Sung to flee to the southern city of Hangchow. But they created at Hangchow a refuge of elegant solitude from which they gazed longingly toward the north, and in this quie ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by White Pine Press
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Dagezi
Jun 14, 2007 Dagezi rated it really liked it
“Don’t Read Books!”
by Yang Wanli (1127-1206)
trans. Jonathan Chaves

Don’t read books!
Don’t chant poems!
When you read books your eyeballs wither away,
Leaving the bare sockets.
When you chant poems your heart leaks out slowly
with each word.
People say reading book is enjoyable.
People say chanting poems is fun.
But if your lips constantly make a sound
like an insect chirping in autumn,
you will only turn into a haggard old man.
And even if you don’t turn into a haggard old man,
It’s annoying for others to
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Laurie
Mar 29, 2011 Laurie rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Laurie by: Sandy
Shelves: poetry
This little book is a really good compilation of one thousand year old poems by Yang Wan-Li. Life is portrayed in simple language with the immediacy of haiku but with more prose. Moods and scenes are so universal I wonder how anyone over the last thousand years could create fresh and unique poems.
Esabetta
Aug 20, 2011 Esabetta rated it really liked it
Lots of drinking, floating in boats, and looking at clouds--ideal. Here is the title poem:

ON A PORTRAIT OF MYSELF

The pure wind makes me chant poems.
The bright moon urges me to drink.
Intoxicated, I fall among the flowers,
heaven my blanket, earth my pillow.


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