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Unmatched in scope and literary quality, The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry spans three thousand years, bringing together more than six hundred poems by more than one hundred thirty poets, in translations–many new and exclusive to the book–by an array of distinguished translators.

Here is the grand sweep of Chinese poetry, from the Book of Songs–ancient folk songs said to ha
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Paperback, 512 pages
Published February 8th 2005 by Anchor (first published 2004)
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Orjowan S
Mar 12, 2015 Orjowan S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
للشعر حسب الفكر الصيني،قوة خارقة، فهو يقوّم سلوك المجتمع ويحمل قوة سياسية..وحين يكتب الشاعر شعرا جوّانيا عرفانيا يتسلل كالأوكسجين داخل الروح.. وبهذا هو فوق العادة، ولهذا يصبح الحديث عن الشعر لدى الصين "فن"،،فبالشعر أيضا غزل الصينيون تعاليمهم حول الكتابة..
"لكي يستمر عملك من جيل إلى جيل، يجب أن يكون لك أسلوبك المتميز،إذا كنت دائما تستخدم فرجارا لرسم دائرة ومسطرة لرسم مربع سوف تظل عبدا دائما.."
هكذا تنصح التعالم الصينية وتقول عن الإلهام أيضا: " ما يأتي لا يمكن إيقافه، ومايرحل لايمكن كبحه"

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Erica
Sep 10, 2016 Erica rated it it was amazing
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The fantastic preface and introduction to this collection could be titled "Lost in Translation". Editors Barnstone and Ping emphasize that the tones, rhymes, ambiguous meanings, complex and elegant structures of classical Chinese poetry simply can't be conveyed in English (nor even in modern Chinese). Yet, in admitting this, and by taking us through their translating process (which requires translators to create a whole new poem in many ways), they reveal the wonderful mystique of language, allo ...more
Mii
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This book is a great read!
Linda
Dec 14, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing
What can I say? I imagine that a book of the highlights of thousands of years of Chinese poetry is not for everybody, and that the people for whom it IS may already know who they are. So I'll just point out that this is not a gargantuan undertaking (it's not huge and hefty, like a Norton -- it's a slim overview, relatively) and it's quite well done, easily readable, and full of super-interesting gems.
Kate
Feb 06, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
Astonishingly readable. I picked it up to see how much info I could glean before giving up in boredom. To my surprise, I kept returning to it even when distracted by lighter and potentially tastier fare. The historical narrative and commentary about individual poets were well-written and the poems themselves were appealing.
Chraeloos
May 13, 2012 Chraeloos rated it it was amazing
The art of Chinese poetry is so amazing. This book does a fantastic job summing it all up. There are some beautiful translations in this collection.
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Tony Barnstone is the Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College and has a Masters in English and Creative Writing and Ph.D. in English Literature from UC Berkeley. His books of poems include Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki (BKMK Press, 2009, winner of the John Ciardi Prize in Poetry), The Golem of Los Angeles (Red Hen Press, 2008, winner, Benjamin Saltman Award); Sad Jazz: ...more
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