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The incomparable poetry of Han Shan ( Cold Mountain ) and his sidekick Shih Te, the rebel poets who became icons of Chinese poetry and Zen, has long captured the imagination of poetry lovers and Zen aficionados. Popularized in the West by Beat Generation writers Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac, these legendary T’ang era (618–907) figures are portrayed as the laughing, ragged pair who left their poetry on stones, trees, farmhouses, and the walls of the monasteries they visited. Their poetry expressed in the simplest ...
The incomparable poetry of Han Shan ( Cold Mountain ) and his sidekick Shih Te, the rebel poets who became icons of Chinese poetry and Zen, has long captured the imagination of poetry lovers and Zen aficionados. Popularized in the West by Beat Generation writers Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac, these legendary T’ang era (618–907) figures are portrayed as the laughing, ragged pair who left their poetry on stones, trees, farmhouses, and the walls of the monasteries they visited. Their poetry expressed in the simplest verse but in a completely new tone, the voice of ordinary people.
Here premier translator J. P. Seaton takes a fresh look at these captivating poets, along with Wang Fan-chih, another “outsider” poet who lived a couple centuries later and who captured the poverty and gritty day-to-day reality of the common people of his time. Seaton’s comprehensive introduction and notes throughout give a fascinating context to this vibrant collection.
1 Cold Mountain: Poems of Master Han Shan
2 The Foundling's Poems: Poems of Master Shih Te
3 Cold City Streets: Poems of Wang Fan-chih, The Buddhist Layman
Notes to the Poems
Index of First Liines
Posted October 15, 2013
'My dear student Twilight Sparkle, <br>
'This situation is quite an intresting one. I have been monitering the Everyfree Forest for several days now, for I had recently heard a rumor about dark magic resting there. This has been confirmed by your daughter's magic surge. <br>
'I would like you and your friends to investigate. You may keep your spouses and children out of this matter, of course. But if you wouod like Glimmer Wave to come as well, be warned. We are not sure how strong this magic is, nor wha is emmitting it. <br>
'Signed, Princess Celestia' <br>
Twilight hurried out to Sugarcube Corner to fetch Pinkie. Spike would find Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. <br>
"Pinkie!" She knocked on the door. Pinkie's husband opened up instead. <br>
"Hello, Twilight!" He greeted her cheerfully. "Pinkie's in the back. I'll call her. Oh Sugardoodle! Your friend Twilight is here to see you!" Pinkie Pie was at the door in a snap.<br>
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"Thank you all for coming," Twilight announced when the had l arrived. Fluttershy, Rainbow, and Rarity had all hrought their daughters with them. Applejak looked sweaty and disheveled, and Rarity's and Crystal's manes were wrapped with curlers. <br>
"'My dearest student Twilight Sparkle,'" Twilight read the letter aloud. When she had finished, the ponies were silent. <br>
"When'll we be headin' out?" Applejack asked. <br>
"This afternoon, or tommorrow morning," Twilight replied, using her rose magic to roll up the scroll. <br>
"I wanna go!" Crystal piped up. Rarity cast astounded glance at her wysteria-coated daughter. <br>
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"Mom, could I go?" Meadow Song asked, as she and her mother stood up to go. Fluttershy looked surprised. <br>
"Y-you want to go? G-goodness, I don't know!" She murmered. <br>
"We should give the desicion to the fillies," Twilight decided. "If they want to go, then they can go."