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By Han-Shan

In 1953, Gary Snyder again to the Bay sector and, at age 23, enrolled in graduate tuition on the college of California, Berkeley, to check Asian languages and tradition. He intensified his learn of chinese language and eastern, and taking over the problem of 1 of his professors, Chen Shih-hsiang, he started to paintings on translating a principally unknown poet by means of the identify of Han Shan, a author with whom the professor concept Snyder may consider a different affinity. the consequences have been magical. As Patrick Murphy famous, "These poems are anything greater than translations accurately simply because Snyder renders them as a melding of Han Shan's chinese language Ch'an Buddhist mountain spirit trickster mentality and Snyder's personal mountain barren region meditation and exertions activities." The suite of 24 poems used to be released within the 1958 factor of The Evergreen Review, and the occupation of 1 of America's maximum poets used to be launched.

In 1972, Press-22 issued a stunning version of those poems written out via hand in italic through Michael McPherson. we're doing a brand new augments variation in accordance with the previous, with a brand new layout, a preface through Lu Ch'iu-yin, and an afterword by means of Mr. Snyder the place he discusses how he got here to this paintings and what it intended to his improvement as a author and Buddhist.

On could eleven, 2012, for the Stronach Memorial Lecture on the collage of California, greater than fifty years after his days there as a scholar, Snyder provided a public lecture reflecting on chinese language poetry, Han Shan, and his carrying on with paintings as a poet and translator. This outstanding get together was once recorded and we're together with a CD of it in our variation, making this the main definitive variation of Cold Mountain Poems ever released.

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The laurels with the winter strive; The crocus burnishes alive Upon the snow-clad earth; For Adoration myrtles stay To keep the garden from dismay, And bless the sight from dearth. The pheasant shows his pompous neck; And ermine, jealous of a speck, With fear eludes offence: The sable, with his glossy pride, For Adoration is described, Where frosts the waves condense. The cheerful holly, pensive yew, And holy thorn, their trim renew; The squirrel hoards his nuts; All creatures batten o'er their stores, And careful nature all her doors For Adoration shuts.

The laurels with the winter strive; The crocus burnishes alive Upon the snow-clad earth; For Adoration myrtles stay To keep the garden from dismay, And bless the sight from dearth. The pheasant shows his pompous neck; And ermine, jealous of a speck, With fear eludes offence: The sable, with his glossy pride, For Adoration is described, Where frosts the waves condense. The cheerful holly, pensive yew, And holy thorn, their trim renew; The squirrel hoards his nuts; All creatures batten o'er their stores, And careful nature all her doors For Adoration shuts.

But mirth is turned to melancholy, For Tom is gone aloft. ' Thus Death, who kings and tars dispatches, In vain Tom's life has doffed; For though his body's under hatches, His soul is gone aloft. SAMUEL JOHNSON S A M U E L J O H N S O N [1709-1784] O N T H E D E A T H OF D R . ROBERT L E V E T to Hope's delusive mine, As on we toil from day to day, By sudden blasts or slow decline Our social comforts drop away. CONDEMN'D Well tried through many a varying year, See Levet to the grave descend, Officious, innocent, sincere, Of every friendless name the friend.

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