Autumn Willows: Poetry by Women of China's Golden Age

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The fabled middle Tang dynasty of China lasted almost three hundred years (618-905). These centuries embodied martial conflict, unbelievable wealth and opulence for a few, and horrible poverty for many. Through it all, an unwieldy caste system governed lord and serf alike. In this exotic, beautiful, and forbidding culture, poetry was revered and practiced by many. Three women poets, especially, endured through the centuries as the voices of their time. For the first time in English, the poetry of the Taoist ...

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Overview

The fabled middle Tang dynasty of China lasted almost three hundred years (618-905). These centuries embodied martial conflict, unbelievable wealth and opulence for a few, and horrible poverty for many. Through it all, an unwieldy caste system governed lord and serf alike. In this exotic, beautiful, and forbidding culture, poetry was revered and practiced by many. Three women poets, especially, endured through the centuries as the voices of their time. For the first time in English, the poetry of the Taoist priestesses, Le Yi and Yu Xuanji, and the slave, Xue Tao is presented.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586540258
  • Publisher: Story Line Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 117
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 17
Springtime Bedroom Lament 21
From a Sickbed, Rejoicing in a Friend's Arrival 22
Parting on a Moonlit Night 23
Sending off a Friend 24
Willows 25
A Taoist Message to an Official 26
To a Friend in the Secretariat 27
On Receiving a Letter 28
Rose Blossoms 29
To a Friend 30
Saying Goodbye 31
Making Paper Fish for a Friend 32
While Living Alone 33
To a Friend 34
A Temporary Farewell 35
The Bitterness of Longing 36
Eight Superlatives 37
Feeling Excitement 38
Wind 39
Cicadas 40
Spring Views 41
A Pair of Birds on a Lake 43
Parting 44
A Message 45
Mountain Dawn: To a Friend 46
Ode to Riverside Willows 47
To Ministry President Liu 48
Sending off a Friend (1) 49
Mandarin Duck Flowers 50
Sending off a Friend (2) 51
To Prime Minister Gao, After Pacification of a Rebellion 52
Thoughts of Home 53
Reply to a Verse Received in Person from a Statesman 54
Plum Blossoms 55
Atop a Mountain 56
Chrysanthemum Festival Rain 57
By the River 59
To Inspector Zheng 60
Myriad Mile Bridge, Reply to a Friend in Government 61
Aronia Valley 62
Lotus-Picking Boats 63
Water Chestnuts and Floating Hearts 64
Gold Lantern Flowers 65
Countryside Views in Springtime To a Friend 66
Sent Far Away 67
A Spring in Autumn 68
Ten Verses on Separation 69
On the way into Exile to Commander Wu 75
Bedroom Lament 77
Hearing a Friend Has Returned from a Fishing Trip 78
A Conscientious Objector Builds the Temple of Prosperity 79
A Mist Enshrouded Inn 80
Early Autumn 81
To an Awaited Friend Held up by the Rains 82
Seeing the New Listing of Successful Degree Candidates 83
Reply to a Friend 84
Summer Days in the Mountains 85
Two Verses on Parting 86
Visiting a Master Alchemist, Not Finding Him at Home 87
To a Friend 88
To a New Neighbor, Answering a Verse and Asking for Wine 89
Late Spring Impromptu 90
To a Neighbor Girl 91
To an Intimate 92
To Master Scholar Li, In thanks for a Summer Mat 93
To a Lover, Spring Feelings 94
Melancholy Thoughts 96
Rainbound in Autumn 98
Mourning for Another 99
An Allegory 100
To Scholar Li, A Melancholy View of the Yangtse River 101
Greeting Li Jinren 102
Clearing My Mind 103
To a Friend, Feelings in Late Spring 105
Following up Another's Verse 106
Selling Leftover Peonies 107
Saying Goodbye 108
To a Singer 109
Thoughts on a Winter Night 110
To My Love Across the River 111
Matching Rhymes with a Friend 112
Feelings for Another 113
A Message Arrives 114
Two Verses, On Winning a Degree and on Mourning 115
A Love Note 117
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