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By Kenneth Rexroth

The lyrical international of chinese language poetry in devoted translations by way of Kenneth Rexroth.

The lyric poetry of Tu Fu ranks with the best in all international literature. around the centuries—Tu Fu lived within the T'ang Dynasty (731-770)—his poems come via to us with an immediacy that's breathtaking in Kenneth Rexroth's English types. they're so simple as they're profound, as gentle as they're beautiful.

Thirty-five poems through Tu Fu make up the 1st a part of this quantity. The translator then strikes directly to the Sung Dynasty (10th-12th centuries) to provide us a couple of poets of that interval, a lot of whose paintings used to be now not formerly on hand in English. Mei Yao Ch'en, Su Tung P'o, Lu Yu, Chu Hsi, Hsu Chao, and the poetesses Li Ch'iang Chao and Chu Shu Chen. there's a basic advent, biographical and explanatory notes at the poets and poems, and a bibliography of different translations of chinese language poetry.

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