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Ge; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions Wang Wei roughly 699 761Wang Wei's Poems is available in Penguin ClassicsLi Po 701 762 Tu Fu 712 770 Li Po and Tu Fu is available in Penguin Classics O collection of poems from three different authors Wang Wei Li Po Tu FuIt wasn't exactly a great read Droit musulman : du statut personnel et des successions d'après les différents rites Tome 1 poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions Wang Wei roughly 699 761Wang Wei's Poems is available in Penguin ClassicsLi Po 701 762 Tu Fu 712 770 Li Po and Tu Fu is available in Penguin Classics O collection of Joseph Schacht. Esquisse d'une histoire du droit musulman : Traduit de l'anglais par Jeanne et Félix Arin poems from three different authors Wang Wei Li Po Tu FuIt wasn't exactly a great read

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'Can I bear to leave these blue hills' A generous selection from three of the greatest and most enjoyable of Chinese poets Introducing Little Black Classics 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Pengu Isn’t poetry just wonderful I’m beginning to appreciate it and I’m finding myself reading so much of it of late and it’s for pleasure not for university work same thing really I know the exact poem that finally turned on my poetic ears so to speak; it was “Mont Blanc” by Percy Shelley and since then I’ve been reading all that I can get my hands on It’s a shame it’s taken me so long to fully realise what was in front of my eyes Enough of that there’s a whole world of poetry before me to explore And this edition was just what I needed Here are three poets I’d never heard of and here are three poets I enjoyed immenselyThe poetry of Tu Fu is the most universal Rather than lamenting over his family or fixating on a natural scene he actually describes real human emotions and conflicts This is the sort of poetry I like to read; it’s the sort of poetry that captures what it is to be human and expresses it in a way that transcend other forms Here’s my favouriteNight Thoughts Afloat By bent grasses in a gentle wind Under straight mast I'm alone tonight And the stars hang above the broad plain But moon's afloat in this Great River Oh where's my name among the poets Official rank 'Retired for ill health' Drifting drifting what am I than A single gull between sky and earth The poem is deceptively simple The last stanza recognises a large part of the human condition In reality as hard as it is to accept we’re all rather insignificant We’re just another being drifting in the seemingly nothingness of life Amongst the back drop of moon and stars of wind a river we are nothing in comparison We are the bent grass the small unimportant element of a greater whole And Tu Fu as a poet is just another cog in the wheel As great as his imagination may be he will never fully be able to express all that he wishes; he will never gain the official rank he wanted and be able to compare his words to the vast elements He sits in a boat contemplating alone It’s uite a strong poem definitely my favourite in here The poetry of Wang Wei is very much driven by descriptions of nature Regardless of what’s happening in the world whether it’s war or a woeful departure nature remains a beautiful inspiration Nothing can change that for him as he marches on as he plods through life the splendour of nature remains Like so On Leaving the Wang River retreat “At last I put my carriage in motionGo sadly out from these ivied pinesCan I bear to leave these blue hillsAnd the green stream – what of that” Again it’s deceptively simple These four lines carry so much meaning The narrator is leaving but that doesn’t matter The reason for his departure isn’t important The real world isn’t important The issues are small and perhaps petty when faced with such glory His surroundings here mean to him in this instance than the whole of mankind combined Leaving the purity of the ivied pines behind is a lamentable loss Walking away from the blue hills the hills of stability of intelligence and of heaven itself is no easy departure They represent much It’s all about the colours The sky and the sea are both blue as are these symbolic hills And the stream the green stream that represents oneness with nature that is the hardest of all to walk away from The line “at last I put my carriage in motion” says it all The reluctance is palpable Li Po wasn’t my favourite That doesn’t mean I dislike him I just think his poems in here were weak in comparison to the other two Maybe the editors just didn’t pick out his best most representative poems Some of them just didn’t speak to me on any level although they do portray a great deal about the man’s life and the time in which he wrote I picked out the one I liked the most belowDrinking with a gentleman of leisure in the mountains We both have drunk their birththe mountain flowersA toast a toast a toastagain anotherI am drunk long to sleep;Sir go a little Bring your lute if you likeearly tomorrowThe narrator isn’t drinking alcohol that’s for sure; he’s drinking in the sights around him he’s enjoying nature and relishing in the experience He’s gone to sleep on the flowers in the mountain and tomorrow only brings another good day It’s a good poem but like I said I much prefer the other two poems I copied here So this was a rather good edition one of the best I’ve read in uite a while Penguin Little Black Classic 09 The Little Black Classic Collection by penguin looks like it contains lots of hidden gems I couldn’t help it; they looked so good that I went and bought them all I shall post a short review after reading each one No doubt it will take me several months to get through all of them Hopefully I will find some classic authors from across the ages that I may not have come across had I not bought this collection L'Islam poets Introducing Little Black Classics 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Pengu Isn’t La Sexualité en islam poetry just wonderful I’m beginning to appreciate it and I’m finding myself reading so much of it of late and it’s for Les Mosquées de Roissy pleasure not for university work same thing really I know the exact Maudites poem that finally turned on my La France en danger d'Islam poetic ears so to speak; it was “Mont Blanc” by Percy Shelley and since then I’ve been reading all that I can get my hands on It’s a shame it’s taken me so long to fully realise what was in front of my eyes Enough of that there’s a whole world of Le Coran, 12e édition poetry before me to explore And this edition was just what I needed Here are three Islam et politique à l'âge classique poets I’d never heard of and here are three Les banlieues de l'islam : Naissance d'une religion en France poets I enjoyed immenselyThe Demain, l'islam de France poetry of Tu Fu is the most universal Rather than lamenting over his family or fixating on a natural scene he actually describes real human emotions and conflicts This is the sort of Histoire de l'islam et des musulmans en France du Moyen Age à nos jours poetry I like to read; it’s the sort of L'Expédition d'Egypte (1798-1801) (Points Histoire t. 244) poetry that captures what it is to be human and expresses it in a way that transcend other forms Here’s my favouriteNight Thoughts Afloat By bent grasses in a gentle wind Under straight mast I'm alone tonight And the stars hang above the broad L'Islam médiéval : Religion et civilisation plain But moon's afloat in this Great River Oh where's my name among the Différente comme tout le monde poets Official rank 'Retired for ill health' Drifting drifting what am I than A single gull between sky and earth The La vie quotidienne à La Mecque : De Mahomet à nos jours poem is deceptively simple The last stanza recognises a large Islam et interdits alimentaires. Juguler l'animalité part of the human condition In reality as hard as it is to accept we’re all rather insignificant We’re just another being drifting in the seemingly nothingness of life Amongst the back drop of moon and stars of wind a river we are nothing in comparison We are the bent grass the small unimportant element of a greater whole And Tu Fu as a La France et l'islam depuis 1789 poet is just another cog in the wheel As great as his imagination may be he will never fully be able to express all that he wishes; he will never gain the official rank he wanted and be able to compare his words to the vast elements He sits in a boat contemplating alone It’s uite a strong Le christianisme, le judaïsme, l'islam et la pensée occidentale poem definitely my favourite in here The Ecrire et transmettre dans les débuts de l'Islam poetry of Wang Wei is very much driven by descriptions of nature Regardless of what’s happening in the world whether it’s war or a woeful departure nature remains a beautiful inspiration Nothing can change that for him as he marches on as he La France et ses musulmans : Un siècle de politique musulmane (1895-2005) plods through life the splendour of nature remains Like so On Leaving the Wang River retreat “At last I Dictionnaire des groupes religieux aujourd'hui : Religions, églises, sectes, nouveaux mouvements religieux, mouvement spiritualistes put my carriage in motionGo sadly out from these ivied Liberté, égalité, Islam : La République face au communautarisme pinesCan I bear to leave these blue hillsAnd the green stream – what of that” Again it’s deceptively simple These four lines carry so much meaning The narrator is leaving but that doesn’t matter The reason for his departure isn’t important The real world isn’t important The issues are small and La Pensée arabe perhaps La France des Mosquées petty when faced with such glory His surroundings here mean to him in this instance than the whole of mankind combined Leaving the L'Exégèse coranique purity of the ivied Pourquoi j'ai cessé d'être islamiste : Itinéraire au cœur de l'islam en France (Mise au point) pines behind is a lamentable loss Walking away from the blue hills the hills of stability of intelligence and of heaven itself is no easy departure They represent much It’s all about the colours The sky and the sea are both blue as are these symbolic hills And the stream the green stream that represents oneness with nature that is the hardest of all to walk away from The line “at last I Le livre des indésirés put my carriage in motion” says it all The reluctance is L'Islam en France : Les musulmans dans la communauté nationale palpable Li Po wasn’t my favourite That doesn’t mean I dislike him I just think his Les religions africaines poems in here were weak in comparison to the other two Maybe the editors just didn’t La politique musulmane de la France au XXe siècle : De l'Hexagone aux terres d'Islam - Espoirs, réussites, échecs pick out his best most representative Entre Islam et Occident.: Entretiens avec G. D.Khoury. poems Some of them just didn’t speak to me on any level although they do Louis Massignon (TEMPUS t. 414) portray a great deal about the man’s life and the time in which he wrote I L'Islam positif. La religions des jeunes musulmans de France picked out the one I liked the most belowDrinking with a gentleman of leisure in the mountains We both have drunk their birththe mountain flowersA toast a toast a toastagain anotherI am drunk long to sleep;Sir go a little Bring your lute if you likeearly tomorrowThe narrator isn’t drinking alcohol that’s for sure; he’s drinking in the sights around him he’s enjoying nature and relishing in the experience He’s gone to sleep on the flowers in the mountain and tomorrow only brings another good day It’s a good XXI N° 6, PRINTEMPS 2009 : Dans le bleu de l'Islam poem but like I said I much Islam, l'épreuve française (TRIBUNE LIBRE) prefer the other two Le Droit musulman poems I copied here So this was a rather good edition one of the best I’ve read in uite a while Penguin Little Black Classic 09 The Little Black Classic Collection by Profession Imam : Entretiens avec Michaël Privot et Cédric Baylocq penguin looks like it contains lots of hidden gems I couldn’t help it; they looked so good that I went and bought them all I shall L'Islam contemporain post a short review after reading each one No doubt it will take me several months to get through all of them Hopefully I will find some classic authors from across the ages that I may not have come across had I not bought this collection

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In Classics with books from around the world and across many centuries They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan from Tierra del Fuego to 16th century California and the Russian steppe Here are stories lyrical and sava Wealth and honor were always like this You strive and strive but what do you seek This Little Black Classics contains writings from three of the most famous poets of eight century China Wang Wei Li Po and Tu Fu All three were new to me so I had a lot to explore in this volume and found myself drawn in straight away As all three of them lived during the Tang Dynasty they must have had comparably similar experiences to draw from they have witnessed the beauty of nature and family but also the sorrows of war and violence It all comes to light in these featured poems which are full of appreciation and grief At last I put my carriage in motionGo sadly out from the ivied pinesCan I bear to leave these blue hillsAnd the green stream what of that Poetry was an important part of people's social life during the Tang dynasty and it was an art form available to everyone The important role it played back then is also probably the main reason for the amount of poems that survived all those centuries I highly suspect that part of the poems' expression was lost in translation and still the language is compressed and simple while also being dense and poignant What interests me a lot about Early Eastern literature is how different it was to what was written in the Western World at that period of time I've read enough here to hope I'll get to read in the futureRoughly a year ago Penguin introduced the Little Black Classics series to celebrate Penguin's 80th birthday Including little stories from around the world and across many centuries as the publisher describes I have been intrigued to read those for a long time before finally having started I hope to sooner or later read and review all of them O Jérusalem poets of eight century China Wang Wei Li Po and Tu Fu All three were new to me so I had a lot to explore in this volume and found myself drawn in straight away As all three of them lived during the Tang Dynasty they must have had comparably similar experiences to draw from they have witnessed the beauty of nature and family but also the sorrows of war and violence It all comes to light in these featured AMNESIQUES poems which are full of appreciation and grief At last I Histoire du Moyen-Orient (Poches essais t. 266) put my carriage in motionGo sadly out from the ivied L'Islam pour les nuls pinesCan I bear to leave these blue hillsAnd the green stream what of that Poetry was an important La question de Palestine, tome 1 : 1799-1921 part of Les Femmes du prophète people's social life during the Tang dynasty and it was an art form available to everyone The important role it PENSEE ARABE played back then is also Le mois le plus long. Ramadan à Istanbul probably the main reason for the amount of Figures du Palestinien: Identité des origines, identité de devenir poems that survived all those centuries I highly suspect that Le Vent jaune : Récits part of the L'inconscient de l'islam poems' expression was lost in translation and still the language is compressed and simple while also being dense and L'Expansion musulmane, VIIe-XIe siècles, 5e édition poignant What interests me a lot about Early Eastern literature is how different it was to what was written in the Western World at that L'Inconscient de l'islam period of time I've read enough here to hope I'll get to read in the futureRoughly a year ago Penguin introduced the Little Black Classics series to celebrate Penguin's 80th birthday Including little stories from around the world and across many centuries as the Les Palestiniens dans le siècle publisher describes I have been intrigued to read those for a long time before finally having started I hope to sooner or later read and review all of them


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  1. says:

    Isn’t poetry just wonderful? I’m beginning to appreciate it and I’m finding myself reading so much of it of late and it’s for pleasure not for university work same thing really I know the exact poem that finally turned on my poetic ears so to speak; it was “Mont Blanc” by Percy Shelley and since then I’ve been reading all that I can get my hands on It’s a shame it’s taken me so long to fully realise what was in front of my eyes Enough of that there’s a whole world of poetry before me to explore And this edition was just what I needed Here are three poets I’d never heard of and here are three poets I enjoyed immenselyThe poetry of Tu Fu is the most universal Rather than lamenting over his family or fixating on a natural scene he actually describes real human emotions and conflicts This is the sort of poetry I like to read; it’s the sort of poetry that captures what it is to be human and expresses it in a way that transcend other forms Here’s my favouriteNight Thoughts Afloat By bent grasses in a gentle wind Under straight mast I'm alone tonight And the stars hang above the broad plain But moon's afloat in this Great River Oh where's my name among the poets? Official rank? 'Retired for ill health' Drifting drifting what am I than A single gull between sky and earth? The poem is deceptively simple The last stanza recognises a large part of the human condition In reality as hard as it is to accept we’re all rather insignificant We’re just another being drifting in the seemingly nothingness of life Amongst the back drop of moon and stars of wind a river we are nothing in comparison We are the bent grass the small unimportant element of a greater whole And Tu Fu as a poet is just another cog in the wheel As great as his imagination may be he will never fully be able to express all that he wishes; he will never gain the official rank he wanted and be able to compare his words to the vast elements He sits in a boat contemplating alone It’s uite a strong poem definitely my favourite in here The poetry of Wang Wei is very much driven by descriptions of nature Regardless of what’s happening in the world whether it’s war or a woeful departure nature remains a beautiful inspiration Nothing can change that for him as he marches on as he plods through life the splendour of nature remains Like so On Leaving the Wang River retreat “At last I put my carriage in motionGo sadly out from these ivied pinesCan I bear to leave these blue hills?And the green stream – what of that?” Again it’s deceptively simple These four lines carry so much meaning The narrator is leaving but that doesn’t matter The reason for his departure isn’t important The real world isn’t important The issues are small and perhaps petty when faced with such glory His surroundings here mean to him in this instance than the whole of mankind combined Leaving the purity of the ivied pines behind is a lamentable loss Walking away from the blue hills the hills of stability of intelligence and of heaven itself is no easy departure They represent much It’s all about the colours The sky and the sea are both blue as are these symbolic hills And the stream the green stream that represents oneness with nature that is the hardest of all to walk away from The line “at last I put my carriage in motion” says it all The reluctance is palpable Li Po wasn’t my favourite That doesn’t mean I dislike him I just think his poems in here were weak in comparison to the other two Maybe the editors just didn’t pick out his best most representative poems Some of them just didn’t speak to me on any level although they do portray a great deal about the man’s life and the time in which he wrote I picked out the one I liked the most belowDrinking with a gentleman of leisure in the mountains We both have drunk their birththe mountain flowersA toast a toast a toastagain anotherI am drunk long to sleep;Sir go a little Bring your lute if you likeearly tomorrowThe narrator isn’t drinking alcohol that’s for sure; he’s drinking in the sights around him he’s enjoying nature and relishing in the experience He’s gone to sleep on the flowers in the mountain and tomorrow only brings another good day It’s a good poem but like I said I much prefer the other two poems I copied here So this was a rather good edition one of the best I’ve read in uite a while Penguin Little Black Classic 09 The Little Black Classic Collection by penguin looks like it contains lots of hidden gems I couldn’t help it; they looked so good that I went and bought them all I shall post a short review after reading each one No doubt it will take me several months to get through all of them Hopefully I will find some classic authors from across the ages that I may not have come across had I not bought this collection


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    Where are the sights that I must know alone Wang WeiWhy does one read poetry? This simple uestion opens up a vast debate and provokes the proverbial one thousand and one responses I will let this debate be and tell you why I read often not well known poetry by men and women dead for centuries I want to see how they expressed in poems passionately that which they could otherwise say to their friends and families in simple ordinary speech; I want to know how people living in other eras other places other cultures lent eternity to their human emotions; I want to learn about the metaphors and images they employed in the service of their loves and passions obsessions and hatreds their beliefs and dogmasand so before I write further I want to pay my respects to the first of men who came up with the idea of translationThis pithy Penguin Little Black Classics No9 gave me a flavour of three 8th century poets from what is now China and left me wanting for It covers uick word bites for those on the run or those like I who otherwise won't look for an opening to dig further to pull out poets from old China amid the great mass of books out there Here we meet Wang Wei 699 761 Li Po 701 762 and Tu Fu 712 770 known as the finest poets of their times who all lived during Tang Dynasty eraWang Wei 699 761 must have lived in a place abundantly endowed with natural beauty He is the poet of nature and pastoral bliss of blue mountains and green streams of peach blossom and luxuriant trees up to the clouds of fishermen and shepherds who live guarded by mountains and encircled by crystalline brooks so beautiful that No one can tell which may be the spring of paradise; when he took a walk deep into the forest He sat and looked at the red trees not knowing how far he was I uote The Green Stream for samplingTo get to the Yellow Flower RiverI always follow the green water streamAmong the hills there must be a thousand twistsThe distance there cannot be fifty milesThere is the murmur of water among rocksAnd the uietness of colours deep in pinesLightly lightly drifting water chestnutsClearly clearly mirrored reeds and rushesI have always been a lover of tranuilityAnd where I see this clear stream so calmI want to stay on some great rockAnd fish for ever on and on On Marble Stairsstill grows the white dewThat has all nightsoaked her silk slippersLi Po 701 762 is your playful witty irreverent drinking buddy whose mood takes a 180 degree turn when suddenly the thought of being away from his wife and kids hits him He is away on work assignment and can't return In a beautiful poem Letter to his Two Small Children Staying in Eastern Lu he wonders if the only peach tree he had put in their small garden might have grown past his children and whether his son might have reached his big sister's shoulderIn The Ballad of Ch'ang Kan a young wife counts winds and weathers in wait for her sailor husband who has gone off to distant lands Three stanzasHere by the door our farewell footprintsThey one by one are growing green mossThe moss so thick I cannot sweep itAnd fallen leaves autumn winds came soonI remember in my maiden daysI did not know the world and its ways;Until I wed a man of Ch'ang kanNow on the sands I wait for the windsBut go or come it's ever sorrowFor when we meet you part tomorrowYou'll make Hsiang tan in how many days?I dreamt I crossed the winds and the waves The ghosts of those by blooddefiled are homelessThe last of the trio Tu Fu 712 770 writes of the ravages of war and poverty that must have gripped his part of the world He pours forth into his poems his harrowing experience as a war veteran A potent sense of dark sorrow at the waste of life and happiness pervades his poems Here are two stanzas of a poem he'd written after a battle had destroyed the royal clan and compelled the commoners to scatter to the four winds From Lament by the RiversideThe old man from Shao lingweeping inwardlySlips out by stealth in springand walks by SerpentineAnd on its riversidesees the locked PalacesYoung willows and new reedsall green for nobodyIn another poem he recounts his experience of homecoming from a long war and is pained to see his family in utter poverty I loved the imagery of this poem Selected lines from The Journey North the HomecomingA year but past to my simple homeAnd my own wife in a hundred rags;Who sees me cried like the wind through treesWeeps like the well sobbing undergroundAnd then my son pride of all my daysWith his face too whiter than the snowsNext by my couch two small daughters standIn patched dresses scarcely to their kneesAnd the seawaves do not even meetWhere old bits of broidery are sewn;Whilst the Serpent and the Purple BirdOn the short skirts both are upside downWho wouldn't feel a stab in the heart for the description of young girls' dressesJune 2015


  3. says:

    This short compilation is a taster on three 8th century Tang Dynasty Chinese poets Wang Wei Li Po and Tu Fu I confess I know very little about them but appreciate they are essential touchstones in Chinese culture comparable to Milton or Baudelaire in the West These three artists were working around the same time Beowulf or the urʾan were composed However their poems have the way I see it a kinship with the The One Thousand and One Nights Is it possible that these poets had an influence westward on Indian Persian and Arab storytellers as well as eastward on Japanese poetry of the Heian period?Be it as it may these early medieval poems hold delicate idyllic descriptions of earthly beauty and human tribulations that convey an almost romantic feel The “Song of the Peach Blossom Spring” that opens and closes this volume is perhaps the most evocative and mysterious in this collection Somehow it made me think of Alejo Carpentier’s Los pasos perdidos However unmistakably and above all these poets informed Gustav Mahler’s magnum opus “Das Lied von der Erde” one of my all time personal favourites in romantic music


  4. says:

    An old man knows no where he is going;On these wild hills footsorehe will not hurry Tu Fu Vol 9 of my Penguin Little Black Classics Box Set It contains poems by three Tang Dynasty Poets obviously1 Wang Wei b 6992 Li Po b 7013 Tu Fu B 712One of the great things about poetry is the ability of poems to strip us down to our humanity I read these poems written over 1300 years ago and realize that these men are not too different from me They love their wives are inspired by nature feel pain regret desire They are modern and I am ancient Their branches and mine touch in time as I read these poems I loved their pastoral beauty their simplicity and the way they reflect both the divine and the human in their everyday experiencesI've read a bunch of Li Po before but haven't been as exposed to Wang Wei or Tu Fu I was impressed by the editor's delightful ordering of these poems The first poem by Wang Wei ends up referencing the last story in the collection Beautiful


  5. says:

    Wealth and honor were always like this You strive and strive but what do you seek? This Little Black Classics contains writings from three of the most famous poets of eight century China Wang Wei Li Po and Tu Fu All three were new to me so I had a lot to explore in this volume and found myself drawn in straight away As all three of them lived during the Tang Dynasty they must have had comparably similar experiences to draw from they have witnessed the beauty of nature and family but also the sorrows of war and violence It all comes to light in these featured poems which are full of appreciation and grief At last I put my carriage in motionGo sadly out from the ivied pinesCan I bear to leave these blue hills?And the green stream what of that? Poetry was an important part of people's social life during the Tang dynasty and it was an art form available to everyone The important role it played back then is also probably the main reason for the amount of poems that survived all those centuries I highly suspect that part of the poems' expression was lost in translation and still the language is compressed and simple while also being dense and poignant What interests me a lot about Early Eastern literature is how different it was to what was written in the Western World at that period of time I've read enough here to hope I'll get to read in the futureRoughly a year ago Penguin introduced the Little Black Classics series to celebrate Penguin's 80th birthday Including little stories from around the world and across many centuries as the publisher describes I have been intrigued to read those for a long time before finally having started I hope to sooner or later read and review all of them


  6. says:

    Night Thoughts AfloatBy bent grassesin a gentle windUnder straight mastI’m alone tonightAnd the stars hangabove the broad plainBut moon’s afloatin this Great RiverOh where’s my nameamong the poets?Official rank?'Retired for ill health'Drifting driftingwhat am I thanA single gullbetween sky and earth?Tu Fu 712 770Jan 28 18 Later on my blog


  7. says:

    Has poems by three of the greatest Tang Dynasty poets Wang Wei Li Bai and Du Fu I have read Li Bai poems before but the other two were new to me Loved many of the poems There is a Wang Wei poem which is about the legend of the Peach Blossom Spring the legendary place which is the inspiration behind the Shanghri La of James Hilton's 'Lost Horizon' Loved that poem


  8. says:

    Well this was a lot of fun I didn't expect to highlight as many verses as I did This book of poetry collects the works of three Tang dynasty poets who would've thought judging from the title I have never read poetry from China before and I have an inkling that much was lost in translation nonetheless I uite enjoyed myself and appreciated the insight I got into Chinese cultureWang Wei is a 8th century poet musician painter and statesman He was one of the most famous men of arts and letters of his time In his later years Wang Wei lost interest in being a statesman and became involved in Buddhism and his poems reflected his focus on ZenCh'an practice and the beauty of nature Personally I liked the calmness and stillness of his poetry He described his surroundings with such care for detail that it was impossible not to note how connected to nature he felt He mused about water flowing with a purpose clear streams so calm the returning colors of spring and so on and so on The images he evoked with his words were beautifulOddly my favorite poem of his was not a poem about nature but a poem about war Watching a Farewell deals with the sacrifices boy soldiers make when they leave their home to fight in distant lands I am by no means a person who glorifies the military nonetheless the poem moved me Tears dried he must catch up his companionsSwallowing grief he sets his carriage in motionAt last the carriage passes out of sightBut still at times there's the dust thrown up from the roadI too long ago said good bye to my familyAnd when I see this my handkerchief is wet with tears I don't know about you but I really like the switch of perspective – the narrator initially just an observer can't help himself and gets invovled with what he seesLi Po was a Chinese poet acclaimed from his own day to the present as a genius and a romantic figure who took traditional poetic forms to new heights He and his friend Du Fu the last poet in this collection were the two most prominent figures in the flourishing of Chinese poetry in the Tang dynasty The expression Three Wonders referred to Li Po's poetry Pei Min's swordplay and Zhang Xu's calligraphyIt's funny to see that Li Po just like Hafez stands in the poetic tradition of glorifying alcoholic beverages His celebration of drunkenness can be witnessed in many of his poems However his best poems are the ones focusing on nostalgia and raw emotions He contemplates the yearning of a man who is seperated from his children the desperation of a woman who married a travelling man an old mother parting from her son Peach petals float their streamsaway in secretTo other skies and earthsthan those of mortals All in all we get intricate themes coupled with an excellent writing style I couldn't help but fall in love with Li Po He was definitely my favorite poet in this collection Du Fu's greatest ambition was to serve his country as a successful civil servant but he proved unable to make the necessary accommodations His life like the whole country was devastated by the An Lushan Rebellion of 755 and his last 15 years were a time of almost constant unrestHe has been called the Poet Historian and the Poet Sage by Chinese critics while the range of his work has allowed him to be introduced to Western readers as the Chinese VirgilMost interesting about Du Fu's work is definitely the overarching theme of life goes on His poetry dealt a lot with the war and individual suffering however he constantly stressed how unfazed nature is about all of these events Through Pity all our hoursweeping remembersThese waters and these flowersremain as ever; I would argue that he is probably the most realistic of the three however I didn't click with his poetry as well as with the othersOverall Three Tang Dynasty Poets is an interesting collection of Chinese verses Even though many parts felt doggerel probably due to the translation this collection is worthwhile It grands an interesting insight into Chinese culture and unites themes such as calmness in times of upheaval and in depth explorations of nature


  9. says:

    O collection of poems from three different authors Wang Wei Li Po Tu FuIt wasn't exactly a great read


  10. says:

    I read Arthur Cooper’s Li Po and Tu Fu in the 70’s and loved it This selection by Robinson and Cooper not so much I was particularly disappointed by the Tu Fu section I also preferred David Hinton’s translation of Wang Wei’s poems overall Of course I have no idea which selections are most true to the originals or which translations better captures the essence of the poems This is one of the problems with poetry from a language and a culture so distant from our own Apart from the very few experts that exist most of us know nothing about itStill I have found memories of sitting in the house in Donegal listening to the winter wind roar and reading Li Po and Tu Fu while sipping tea late into the night I’d like to find that book again I think I have it around here somewhere