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The Heart of Chinese Poetry

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Greg Whincup offers a varied and unique approach to Chinese translation in The Heart of Chinese Poetry. Special features of this edition include direct word-for-word translations showing the range of meaning in each Chinese character, the Chinese pronunciations, as well as biographical and historical commentary following each poem.
Paperback, 196 pages
Published September 16th 1987 by Anchor (first published 1987)
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Kristen
Oct 25, 2008 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: students of Chinese or Chinese literature
Recommended to Kristen by: Mike
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This was my first introduction to Chinese poetry when I began learning Chinese. After earning a master's degree in Chinese literature where I specialized in medieval Chinese poetry, it is still my favorite recommendation.

Gregory Wincup touches on the historical, political, and aesthetic issues of each poem. For each poem, a first page presents the reader with a full translation in English. A second and third page provide a vertical character word-by-word translation, alongside of which is given
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Tom Statton
Jan 30, 2016 Tom Statton rated it it was amazing
I have studied Chinese in the past and I enjoy going back and forth between the English and Chinese. The selection of poets during the classical period include famous poets such as Li Bai and Du Fu as well as others that represent their period. I love the simplicity and directness of the poems.
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May 21, 2012 Eileen rated it it was amazing
This book will always be on my currently reading shelf as I am constantly turning to it when I have a spare moment. Reading a poem by Du Fu is like listening to a Bach cello suite or loosing yourself in some of Turner's watercolors.
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