The Poetry of Han-shan: A Complete, Annotated Translation of Cold Mountain

The Poetry of Han-shan: A Complete, Annotated Translation of Cold Mountain

by Robert G. Henricks
     
 

ISBN-10: 0887069789

ISBN-13: 9780887069789

Pub. Date: 03/22/1990

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This is an annotated English translation of the poetry of Han-shan (Cold Mountain), a 7th or 8th century Chinese Buddhist recluse who wrote many poems about his life alone in the hills. Many of his poems describe the mountains where he lived in dramatic, yet appealing terms, while at the same time symbolizing in Zen fashion the Buddhist quest for enlightenment. Han

Overview

This is an annotated English translation of the poetry of Han-shan (Cold Mountain), a 7th or 8th century Chinese Buddhist recluse who wrote many poems about his life alone in the hills. Many of his poems describe the mountains where he lived in dramatic, yet appealing terms, while at the same time symbolizing in Zen fashion the Buddhist quest for enlightenment. Han-shan became a cult figure in the Ch’an/Zen tradition, and legends portray him and his companion Shih-te as eccentrics who said and did nonsensical things. Han-shan does often write on unusual topics with some of his “poems” being clever insights that just happen to be metric and rhymed. His language is simple and direct; his images and symbols fresh and bold. While the literary value of his work has for the most part been overlooked, this book provides line-by-line literary analysis of some of the more artistically interesting poems. Henricks’ work represents, therefore, a major contribution to the study of Chinese literature and Chinese religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887069789
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/22/1990
Series:
SUNY Series in Buddhist Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
486
Sales rank:
1,044,489
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

INTRODUCTION
Problems of Dating and Authorship
On the Life of Han-shan
The Poetry of Han-shan
Translator's Note
Notes

TRANSLATIONS
Preface to the Ch'uan T'ang Shih Edition of Han-Shan's Poems
Poems No. 1-No. 311

APPENDICES
I. The Dates of Han-shan: The Internal Evidence
II. Previous English Translations
III. An Index to Themes
IV. Buddhist Terms, Metaphors, and Stories

Bibliography

Index

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