Poems: Poems

Paperback | July 30, 1973

byArthur Li Po, Fu Tu FuTranslated byArthur Cooper

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Li Po (AD 701-62) and Tu Fu (AD 712-70) were devoted friends who are traditionally considered to be among China's greatest poets. Li Po, a legendary carouser, was an itinerant poet whose writing, often dream poems or spirit-journeys, soars to sublime heights in its descriptions of natural scenes and powerful emotions. His sheer escapism and joy is balanced by Tu Fu, who expresses the Confucian virtues of humanity and humility in more autobiographical works that are imbued with great compassion and earthy reality, and shot through with humour. Together these two poets of the T'ang dynasty complement each other so well that they often came to be spoken of as one - Li-Tu' - who covers the whole spectrum of human life, experience and feeling.

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The poetic tradition of the T’ang dynasty is chiefly dominated by two figures — and their influence even on such modern poets as Ezra Pound has been enormous. While Li Po’s delicate writing explores the sensual life of the natural world, Tu Fu’s work provides a sharp counterpoint, exposing the earthy realities of everyday life, and exp...

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Li Po (AD 701-62) and Tu Fu (AD 712-70) were devoted friends who are traditionally considered to be among China's greatest poets. Li Po, a legendary carouser, was an itinerant poet whose writing, often dream poems or spirit-journeys, soars to sublime heights in its descriptions of natural scenes and powerful emotions. His sheer escapis...

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More than forty selections from two eighth-century poets of China cover the whole spectrum of human life and feeling.

More than forty selections from two eighth-century poets of China cover the whole spectrum of human life and feeling.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:July 30, 1973Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140442723

ISBN - 13:9780140442724

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Table of Contents

Li Po and Tu FuAcknowledgments
Pronounciation of Chinese Words and Names
Note on the Chinese Calligraphy
Introduction
1. "Li-Tu"
2. The Background to their Times
3. Li Po
4. Tu Fu
5. The Background to T'ang Poetry: The Beginnings: The 'Book of Odes', the Language and Script
6. The Background to T'ang Poetry: The Ch'u Tz'u
7. The Background to T'ang Poetry: The Ballads and the Principles of Chinese Syllabic Metre
8. A Demonstration by Ballad
9. The Approach to Translation in this Book
10. The Tones and the 'Chinese Sonnet'
11. Reading the Poems in English

Li Po

Tu Fu

List of Titles
Index of First Lines

From Our Editors

The poetic tradition of the T’ang dynasty is chiefly dominated by two figures — and their influence even on such modern poets as Ezra Pound has been enormous. While Li Po’s delicate writing explores the sensual life of the natural world, Tu Fu’s work provides a sharp counterpoint, exposing the earthy realities of everyday life, and exploring the range of human experience with humour, grace and compassion. Lovingly translated by Arthur Cooper, the poems selected for inclusion in Li Po and Tu Fu are a wonderful introduction to the work of these two great masters.