Knowing the East: / Edition 1

Knowing the East: / Edition 1

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by Paul Claudel
     
 

"From the time he was a young man, Paul Claudel was fascinated by Asian cultures. The poet, playwright, and literary critic entered the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a diplomat to China and Japan while in his mid-twenties. He spent 18 years between 1895 and 1927 as a tireless observer of both countries' nature, customs, and art. One result is this beautifully… See more details below

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"From the time he was a young man, Paul Claudel was fascinated by Asian cultures. The poet, playwright, and literary critic entered the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a diplomat to China and Japan while in his mid-twenties. He spent 18 years between 1895 and 1927 as a tireless observer of both countries' nature, customs, and art. One result is this beautifully written volume of 61 prose poems Claudel composed over the course of a decade." James Lawler provides the most accurate translation now available of Paul Claudel's work, which was first collected in a single volume Connaissance de l'Est and published in France in 1907. Included are notes on the poems as well as a biographical note on the poet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900691119020
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/30/2004
Series:
Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176

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Table of Contents

The coconut palm3
Pagoda5
The city at night9
Gardens12
The feast of the dead in the seventh month15
Sea thoughts17
Cities18
Theater19
Graves - noises21
The entrance to the earth24
Religion of the sign26
The banyan29
Toward the mountain30
The upper sea32
The temple of consciousness33
October34
November35
Painting37
The contemplative38
December39
Storm40
The pig41
Drifting42
Doors44
The river46
Rain48
Night on the verandah49
The moon's splendor50
Dreams51
Heat53
Considering the city54
Going down the river55
The bell56
The tomb58
The sadness of water61
Sailing by night62
Halt on the canal63
The pine tree66
The golden ark in the forest69
The wanderer72
Here and there74
The sedentary80
The land viewed from the sea82
Salutation83
The suspended house85
The spring86
Noon tide88
Peril of the sea90
A proposition on light92
Hours in the garden94
Concerning the brain97
Leaving the land99
The lamp and the bell103
The deliverance of Amaterasu105
Visit110
Rice111
The full stop112
Libation to the coming day113
The day of the feast-of-all-rivers114
The yellow hour116
Dissolution117

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