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Li Shangyin is one of the foremost poets of the late Tang, but until now he has rarely been translated into English, perhaps because the esotericism and sensuality of his work set him apart from the austere masters of the Chinese literary canon. Li favored allusiveness over directness, and his poems unfurl through mysterious images before coalescing into an emotional ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by NYRB Poets
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Poetry translated from Chinese by Chloe Garcia Roberts (@ 2018)


Li Shangyin (c.813-858) regarded as the most preeminent love poet of the classical language.

His work is remarkable for its sensuality, for its baroque use of imagery and symbolism and for the mysteriousness of its references and allusions.

For the European reader that I am these mysteries are largely impenetrable and obscure.
It would need Chinese culture to understand it better. I pity and admire the translators.

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Samuel Parkinson
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While a number of these poems are enjoyable, and Garcia Roberts is to be commended for giving us English versions, this is a disappointing book.
Nearly all Chinese poetry is hard to understand without notes, since it loses so much wordplay and ambiguity in translation, as well as the many literary references it usually contains.
Li Shangyin, who is apparently near incomprehensible in Chinese at times, certainly needs that. So the paltry notes here are very disappointing.
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Li Shangyin (c. 813–858), courtesy name Yishan (義山), was a Chinese poet of the late Tang Dynasty, born in Henei (now Qinyang, Henan). Along with Li He, he was much admired and "rediscovered" in the 20th century by young Chinese writers for the imagist quality of his poems. He is particularly famous for his tantalizing "no title" (無題) poems.
Li Shangyin's career was rough, and he never obtained a
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