The Kanshi Poems of Taigu Ryokan

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Poetry. Asian Studies. Translated by Larry Smith and Mei Hui Liu Huang. One hundred poems by Japan's great poet Taigu Ryokan (1758-1831) included in English, original Chinese, and in Japanese, translated by poets Mei Hui Liu Huang and Larry Smith. With an introduction, "Taigu Ryokan: Great Fool," by Larry Smith. "These poems, wise and direct, have been rightly treasured for centuries because of the way they expand the mind and refresh the spirit. That is their nature in their original language, and Smith and ...
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Poetry. Asian Studies. Translated by Larry Smith and Mei Hui Liu Huang. One hundred poems by Japan's great poet Taigu Ryokan (1758-1831) included in English, original Chinese, and in Japanese, translated by poets Mei Hui Liu Huang and Larry Smith. With an introduction, "Taigu Ryokan: Great Fool," by Larry Smith. "These poems, wise and direct, have been rightly treasured for centuries because of the way they expand the mind and refresh the spirit. That is their nature in their original language, and Smith and Huang have managed, with great care and affection, to recreate that nature in English"--David Young, poet and translator.
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"These poems, wide and direct, have been rightly treasured for centrueis because of the way they expand the mind and refresh the spirit. That is their nature in their original language, and Smith and Huang have managed, with great care and affection, to recreatue that nautre in English." -David Young, poet and translator
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933964256
  • Publisher: Bottom Dog Press
  • Publication date: 2/27/2009
  • Series: Laughing Buddha Series , #2
  • Edition description: Multilingu
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Taigu Ryokan, (1758-1831) Japanese Zen poet writing in Chinese, mountain monk, nicknamed "Great Fool."

Larry Smith iis a native of the industrial Ohio River Valley and now lives with his wife along the shores of Lake Erie in Huron, Ohio. He is the author of 7 books of poetry, 4 books of fiction, and editor of Heartlands Magazine and 8 books from Bottom Dog Press. His first book of translations with Mei Hui Liu Huang was Chinese Zen Poems: What Hold Has This Mountain. He also translated Songs of the Woodcutter: Poems of Wang Wei and Taigu Ryokan with Huang.

Mei Hui Liu Huang was born in Taiwan under Japanese government and later Chinese rule. Her grandmother was a poet,and her father a craftsman in tea production. She has trained in the arts of poetry, tea cerving, ceramics, brush calligraphy, and flower arrangement. For several years she lived in Ohio and California. She and her husband now live in Taiwan and are devoted to its cultural restoration.

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Grass-Fighting [#44]

Once I sought victory at grass-fighting

beating the children at their own art,

till night came on and I stood alone--

an autumn moon ascends the sky.

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鬪 草

也 与 児 童 鬪 百 草

鬪 去 鬪 来 転 風 流

日 暮 寥 寥 人 帰 後

一 輪 明 月 凌 素 秋

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鬪草

也 児童と 百草を鬪わす

鬪い去り鬪い来つて 転 風流。

日暮 寥寥たり 人帰つて後

一輪の明月 素秋を凌ぐ。

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Table of Contents


Poems of Children 童 心; My Hut 草 庵; Travel Poems 行 腳 ; Poems of Friendship 友 情 ;

A Monk's Journal 僧 侶 生 涯 ; Spring Poems 春 ; Summer Poems 夏 ; Fall Poems 秋 ; Winter Poems 冬 ;

Poems of Aging 成 長 ; Zen Meditations 禪 思

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