Mountain Home: The Wildernes Poetry of Ancient China

Mountain Home: The Wildernes Poetry of Ancient China

by David Hinton
     
 
The earliest and most extensive literary engagement with wilderness in human history, this is vital poetry that feels utterly contemporary.

China's tradition of "rivers-and-mountains" poetry stretches across millennia. This is a plain-spoken poetry of immediate day-to-day experience, and yet seems most akin to China's grand landscape paintings. Although its wisdom

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The earliest and most extensive literary engagement with wilderness in human history, this is vital poetry that feels utterly contemporary.

China's tradition of "rivers-and-mountains" poetry stretches across millennia. This is a plain-spoken poetry of immediate day-to-day experience, and yet seems most akin to China's grand landscape paintings. Although its wisdom is ancient, rooted in Taoist and Zen thought, this work feels utterly contemporary, especially as rendered here with Hinton's acclaimed poetic ability.

The rivers-and-mountains tradition treats a remarkable range of topics: comic domestic scenes, social protest, travelogue, sage recluses, and mountain landscapes shaped into forms of enlightenment. But throughout that range, these poems articulate the experience of living as an organic part of the natural world and its processes. And in an age of global ecological disruption and mass extinction, this tradition grows more urgent and universally important by the day. These breathtaking translations offer a poetry that will charm and inform not just readers of poetry, but also the large community of readers who are interested in environmental awareness.

Author Biography: David Hinton's many translations of ancient Chinese poetry have earned wide acclaim for creating compelling English poetry that conveys the actual texture and density of the originals. He has held numerous fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. And in 1997, his work was awarded the Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets. He lives in East Calais, Vermont.

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Publishers Weekly
The giants of T'ang Dynasty poetry-Wang Wei (701-761), Li Po (701-762), Tu Fu (712-770)-along with poets earlier and later are represented in this set of translations by Hinton, who has published 10 previous books of ancient Chinese translations, including the Tao Te Ching and The Analects. As T'ao Ch'ien (365-427) writes: "When I chant, words come clear. And in wine/ I touch countless distances." (Dec.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582431499
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.13(d)

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