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Classical Chinese Poetry: An Anthology

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With this groundbreaking collection, translated and edited by the renowned poet and translator David Hinton, a new generation will be introduced to the work that riveted Ezra Pound and transformed modern poetry. The Chinese poetic tradition is the largest and longest continuous tradition in world literature, and this rich and far-reaching anthology of nearly five hundred p ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2010)
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Sep 24, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing
A collection of translated classical Chinese poems might seem like a rather academic, dry, book targeted towards a professional readership and not something newsworthy for the mass media, however, David Hinton is considered the dean of scholars of Chinese poetry and what he has provided us here is a consummate and rewarding volume for anyone interested in poetry, even those without a specific interest in classical Chinese literature. As one would expect from such a book, Hinton provides not only ...more
Jun 30, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
The advantages of the broad span and excellent selections of this anthology are only surpassed by the fascinating historical context given for each poet or time period. I have to admit to feeling something of a stereotype for classic Chinese poetry. I expected tranquil poems with natural metaphors and deep, mindful insights. Naturally, a number of the poems and poets collected here do follow that vein, but there are also poems protesting wars, calling for social change, waxing lyrical about wine ...more
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Sep 16, 2010 Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore rated it it was amazing
OK, I'm currently more or less reading both this book and the Mountain Poems book also translated by Hinton, and this compendious volume has for me what I would take in a backpack up Mount Kalesh or some mythic mountain in China, were I to do so... in my imagination at least these days.

It has incredible introductions and an overall opening intro that truly illuminates how Chinese poetry works in Chinese, and then astoundingly Hinton manages to transfer some of this essence over into English. Th
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Jul 12, 2015 Michael Thorbjørn Feehly rated it it was amazing
Excellent anthology of classics of Chinese poetry. Great modern translations with concise introductions to the various poets, dynasties, religious, philosophic, and literary schools of ancient, Tang, and Sung China. Also a heartbreaking section on the fate of women poets in the Chinese canon: so many talents with thousands of poems lost because women's words were deemed unworthy of preservation.
Mar 06, 2011 Michael rated it it was amazing
this is the type of thing: that needs to be everywhere.

this is the type of thing: that feels simultaneously like a foundation and the highest most slender vaulted skies.

and if you are a maniac for Tao translations.... and a maniac like Li Po.....

than you are.....
Lynn Cullivan
Jan 02, 2013 Lynn Cullivan rated it really liked it
I know nothing about Chinese poetry, but I found this collection interesting and informative -- and I enjoyed the selection of poems (and the poems themselves).
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