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The lyrical global of chinese language poetry in trustworthy 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 gentle as they're beautiful.

Thirty-five poems by means of 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 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 basic creation, biographical and explanatory notes at the poets and poems, and a bibliography of alternative translations of chinese language poetry.

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The lone urban is blurred with smoke. The wind blows the final leaves away. The hills develop dim because the sunlight units. A unmarried crane flies overdue to roost. The twilit bushes are packed with crows. TU FU XVIII viewers i've got had bronchial asthma for a very long time. it sort of feels to enhance the following during this apartment via the river. it really is quiet too. No crowds hassle me. i'm brighter And extra rested. i'm chuffed the following. whilst anyone calls at my thatched hut My son brings me my straw hat and that i exit and assemble A handful of unpolluted greens. It isn’t a lot to supply. however it is given in friendship. TU FU XIX kingdom COTTAGE A peasant’s shack beside the transparent river, the country gate Opens on a abandoned street. Weeds develop over the general public good. I loaf in my previous outfits. Willow Branches sway. Flowering timber body spray the air. The solar units in the back of a flock of cormorants, Drying their black wings alongside the pier. TU FU XX THE WILLOW My neighbor’s willow sways its frail Branches, sleek as a woman of Fifteen. i'm unhappy simply because this Morning the violent Wind broke its longest bough. TU FU XXI sundown sundown glitters at the beads Of the curtains. Spring vegetation Bloom within the valley. The gardens alongside the river are crammed With body spray. Smoke of cooking Fires drifts over the sluggish barges. Sparrows hop and tumble in The branches. Whirling bugs Swarm within the air. Who came across That one cup of thick wine Will dispel 1000 cares? TU FU XXII FAREWELL once again TO MY good friend YEN AT FENG CHI STATION the following we half. You burst off within the distance, And once again the forested mountains Are empty, unfriendly. What vacation will see us under the influence of alcohol jointly back? final evening we walked Arm in arm within the moonlight, making a song sentimental ballads alongside the banks of the river. Your honor outlasts 3 emperors. i am going again to my lonely residence through the river, Mute, friendless, feeding the crumbling years. TU FU XXIII A stressed evening IN CAMP within the penetrating damp I sleep below the bamboos, lower than the penetrating Moonlight within the barren region. The thick dew turns to positive mist. one after the other the celebs exit. simply the fireflies are left. Birds cry over the water. struggle breeds its effects. it really is dead to fret, conscious whereas the lengthy evening is going. TU FU XXIV SOUTH WIND the times develop lengthy, the mountains appealing. The south wind blows Over blossoming meadows. Newly arrived swallows dart Over the steaming marshes. geese in pairs drowse at the hot sand. TU FU XXV one other SPRING White birds over the gray river. Scarlet vegetation at the eco-friendly hills. I watch the Spring move via and beauty If I shall ever go back domestic. TU FU XXVI I cross THE evening AT common HEADQUARTERS a transparent evening in harvest time. within the courtyard at headquarters The wu-tung bushes develop chilly. within the urban by way of the river I wake by myself by way of a guttering Candle. All evening lengthy bugle Calls disturb my options. The beauty Of the moonlight floods the sky. Who bothers to examine it? Whirlwinds of dirt, i can't write. The frontier go is unguarded. it's risky to commute. Ten years wandering, ailing at center.

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