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The selections from these five poets constitute some of the greatest lyric poetry ever written. Each poet is introduced by the translator, David Young, and represented by a selection that spans the poet's development and career.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published October 8th 1990 by Oberlin (first published November 28th 1980)
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I sit with my wine jar
among flowers
blossoming trees

no one to drink with

well, there's the moon
-Li Po
This re-iinspired a love of poetry in me. I cannot praise these poets too hightly!
Miles McCoy
Some of the most eloquent, moving, and beautiful poetry I've ever read.
Another bookful of cool wet moonlight.
Solid intro. Great heart.
Sep 01, 2008 Dave rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Krystal
Every now and then one discovers something entirely new to himself that resonates, e.g., a work of music, an author, etc. This book of ancient Chinese poetry was such a find for me.

The poems of Wang Wei, Li Po, and Tu Fu, in particular, resonated with my love of nature. I think they were particularly poignant in view of the fact that I am currently reading an anthrology of American environmental writings; Wang Wei, although writing around 700 C.E. would have fit into this anthology well. He mig...more
Dayna Smith
This is an excellent representation of five famous Chinese poets: Wang Wei, Li Po, Tu Fu, Li Ho, Li Shang-Yin. None of these poets specialize in haiku, this is real Chinese poetry beautifully translated. A wonderful introduction to these five great artists.
David  Sam
Poetry is that which cannot be translated, especially when going from Chinese to English. Still, Young does a fine job of suggesting the poetry of the originals and this is well worth reading, especially if you like Imagist poetry.
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the best most unboring introductions ever. spirited and quality translation too. li ho! li po! my boys!
Jan 17, 2013 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
Very fine translations.
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stunning. a savior of a book.
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