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The lyrical international of chinese language poetry in devoted translations via 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 tender 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 was once no longer formerly to be had 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 normal advent, biographical and explanatory notes at the poets and poems, and a bibliography of different translations of chinese language poetry.

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She Mends and alters my outfits and concerns for worry i would glance Worn and ragged. lifeless, she watches Over my existence. Her consistent reminiscence attracts me in the direction of loss of life. MEI YAO CH’EN XLIV I keep in mind THE BLUE RIVER The moon has a halo, there'll be wind. The boatmen speak jointly within the evening. sunrise, a brisk wind fills our sail. We go away the financial institution and velocity over the white waves. it really is no need for me to be right here within the land of Wu. My dream and my hope are again in Ch’ou. I dreamt that in the future she would include me On a visit like this, and now she is barely dirt. MEI YAO CH’EN XLV at the dying OF HIS spouse considering that we have been first married Seventeen years have earlier. unexpectedly I seemed up and she or he was once long gone. She acknowledged she could by no means go away me. My temples are turning white. What have I to become old for now? At demise we are going to be jointly within the tomb. Now i'm nonetheless alive, And my tears move endlessly. MEI YAO CH’EN XLVI IN large sunlight I DREAM OF MY useless spouse Who says that the useless don't consider us? every time I trip, she is going with me. She used to be uneasy while i used to be on a trip. She consistently desired to accompany me. whereas I dream, every little thing is because it was. whilst I get up, i'm stabbed with sorrow. The residing are frequently parted and not meet back. The lifeless are jointly as natural souls. MEI YAO CH’EN XLVII I take into accout THE RIVER AT WU SUNG I take into accout as soon as, on a trip to the west, a night on the mouth of the river, at Wu Sung. alongside the banks a clean breeze blew opposed to the present. The faded moon rose among willow bushes. A unmarried evening fowl flew distant. Fishing boats wandered at the river. And who used to be with me then? I weep and think about my lifeless spouse. MEI YAO CH’EN XLVIII a chum ADVISES ME to forestall ingesting In my younger days I drank a Lot of wine. there's not anything incorrect with the affection of drink. Now i'm outdated and my the teeth and Hairs are few and much among. I nonetheless like to drink, yet I Can’t do it like I used to. Now whilst I drink it upsets My belly. there's not a lot excitement in it. this day I bought inebriated and will no longer delay My head. The room became around and around. looking excitement, i locate purely affliction. this can be definitely no longer the right way to take care of my future health. possibly I may still provide it up Altogether. i'm afraid humans will snort at me. nonetheless, you assert it'd be an exceptional thought. There’s now not a lot excitement In a bitter belly and undesirable breath. i actually comprehend that I should cease. If I don’t do it, I don’t understand what's going to occur to me. MEI YAO CH’EN XLIX within the night I stroll via THE RIVER The frozen river is drifted deep will snow. For days, just a couple of spots close to the financial institution have stayed open. within the night while everybody has long past domestic, The cormorants roost at the boats of the fishermen. OU YANG HSIU L FISHERMAN The wind blows the road out from his fishing pole. In a straw hat and grass cape the fisherman Is invisible within the lengthy reeds. within the fantastic spring rain it truly is very unlikely to determine very a ways And the mist emerging from the water has hidden the hills. OU YANG HSIU LI SPRING stroll TO THE PAVILION of fine plants AND PEACE The timber are extraordinary with flora And the hills are eco-friendly.

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