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Po Ch]-I: Selected Poems Chu-I Pai

Po Ch]-I: Selected Poems

Chu-I Pai

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ISBN : 9780231118385
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172 pages
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The Tang dynasty was the great age of Chinese poetry, and Po Ch?-i (772--846) was one of that eras most prolific major poets. His appealing style, marked by deliberate simplicity, won him wide popularity among the Chinese public at large and madeMoreThe Tang dynasty was the great age of Chinese poetry, and Po Ch?-i (772--846) was one of that eras most prolific major poets. His appealing style, marked by deliberate simplicity, won him wide popularity among the Chinese public at large and made him a favorite with readers in Korea and Japan as well. From Po Ch?-is well-preserved corpus -- personally compiled and arranged by the poet himself in an edition of seventy-five chapters -- the esteemed translator Burton Watson has chosen 128 poems and one short prose piece that exemplify the earthy grace and deceptive simplicity of this master poet.For Po Ch?-i, writing poetry was a way to expose the ills of society and an autobiographical medium to record daily activities, as well as a source of deep personal delight and satisfaction -- constituting, along with wine and song, one of the chief joys of existence. Whether exposing the gluttony of arrogant palace attendants during a famine- describing the delights of drunkenly chanting new poems under the autumn moon- depicting the peaceful equanimity that comes with old age- or marveling at cool Zen repose during a heat wave... these masterfully translated poems shine with a precisely crafted artlessness that conveys the subtle delights of Chinese poetry.