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Po Chu-i: Selected Poems (Translations from the Asian Classics) Paperback – 31 Mar 2000


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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (31 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231118392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231118392
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
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"Watson's enjoyable translation of this T'ang Dynasty figure does justice to the purposeful simplicity of language and to the sad delight in quotidian experience which characterize the poet's work." -- Peter Reading, "Times Literary Supplement"

"Unencumbered by heavy scholarly notes and commentary, the book is light and casual; the eloquent and beautiful style of the translations matches Po's style of poetry, which is known for its clarity and simplicity" -- "CHOICE"

"Watson's insight into Po's life and his clear presentation of the poet's thoughts and visions, with chronologically arranged well-annotated translations of the poems fully enhanced by his reader-friendly style, assures this volume a place amongst the treasures of undergraduate and secondary school teaching materials." -- "Education about Asia," Spring 2006

"Unencumbered by heavy scholarly notes and commentary, the book is light and casual; the eloquent and beautiful style of the translations matches Po's style of poetry, which is known for its clarity and simplicity" -- CHOICE

"Watson's enjoyable translation of this T'ang Dynasty figure does justice to the purposeful simplicity of language and to the sad delight in quotidian experience which characterize the poet's work." -- Peter Reading, Times Literary Supplement

"Watson's insight into Po's life and his clear presentation of the poet's thoughts and visions, with chronologically arranged well-annotated translations of the poems fully enhanced by his reader-friendly style, assures this volume a place amongst the treasures of undergraduate and secondary school teaching materials." -- Education about Asia, Spring 2006

"Unencumbered by heavy scholarly notes and commentary, the book is light and casual; the eloquent and beautiful style of the translations matches Po's style of poetry, which is known for its clarity and simplicity" -- "CHOICE"

"Watson's enjoyable translation of this T'ang Dynasty figure does justice to the purposeful simplicity of language and to the sad delight in quotidian experience which characterize the poet's work." -- Peter Reading, "Times Literary Supplement"

"Watson's insight into Po's life and his clear presentation of the poet's thoughts and visions, with chronologically arranged well-annotated translations of the poems fully enhanced by his reader-friendly style, assures this volume a place amongst the treasures of undergraduate and secondary school teaching materials." -- "Education about Asia", Spring 2006

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The T'ang dynasty was the great age of Chinese poetry and Po Chu-i (772-846) was one of that era's 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 Chu-i's 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 Chu-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.

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