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The Mountain Poems of Hsieh Ling-Yun

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In our own time the "wilderness" has emerged as a source of spiritual renewal, both as idea and in actual practice. But Hsieh Ling-yün (385-433 C. E.) was there before us.
During the last decade of his life, living as a recluse high in the mountains of southeast China, he initiated a tradition of "rivers-and-mountains" (shan-shui) poetry that stretches across the millennia in China, a tradition that represents the earliest and most extensive literary engagement with "the wild" ...

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Overview

In our own time the "wilderness" has emerged as a source of spiritual renewal, both as idea and in actual practice. But Hsieh Ling-yün (385-433 C. E.) was there before us.
During the last decade of his life, living as a recluse high in the mountains of southeast China, he initiated a tradition of "rivers-and-mountains" (shan-shui) poetry that stretches across the millennia in China, a tradition that represents the earliest and most extensive literary engagement with "the wild" in human history. These poems were hugely popular in Hsieh's own time and established him as one of the most innovative and influential poets in the history of Chinese poetry as well as a founder of Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism. Once again David Hinton, a recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Humanities and the winner of a Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from The Academy of American Poets, has produced a fluid and supple translation that does full justice to the rivers-and-mountains of Hsieh Ling-yün's inspiration.

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Editorial Reviews

Burton Watson
[Hinton's] translations...are consistently imaginative in language and effective as English poetry.
Publishers Weekly
"There are waters tumbling a thousand feet in flight/ and forests curtained high over countless canyons" in The Mountain Poems of Hsieh Ling-yin, newly translated by David Hinton. Exiled from the Chinese court, Hsieh (385-433 C.E.) explored the wilderness and composed verse about it, inaugurating over a thousand years of Chinese nature poetry. Hinton whose other translations include the classical Chinese poets Li Po and Tu Fu renders Hsieh in an English both concise and flowing. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811214896
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 734,155
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David Hinton's many translations of classical Chinese poetry and philosophy have earned wide acclaim for creating compelling contemporary texts that convey the actual texture and density of the originals. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as numerous fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1997, he received the Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets. He lives in East Calais, Vermont.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Map
On a Tower Beside the Lake 3
Inspecting Farmlands, I Climb the Bay's Coil-Isle Mountain 4
Climbing Green-Cliff Mountain in Yung-chia 5
The Journey Home 6
I've Put in Gardens South of the Fields, Opened Up ... 9
There Are Towering Peaks on Every Side ... 10
Inaugurating the Sangha's New Monastery at Stone-Screen Cliffs 12
Returning Across the Lake from Our Monastery ... 13
Dwelling in the Mountains 14
One Stone-Gate Mountain's Highest Peak 56
Overnight at Stone-Gate Cliffs 57
Crossing the Lake from South Mountain to North Mountain 58
Following Axe-Bamboo Stream, I Cross Over a Ridge ... 59
Stone-House Mountain 60
On Lu Mountain 63
Out Onto Master-Flourish Ridge Above ... 64
In Hsin-an, Setting Out from the River's Mouth at Tung-lu 65
Beyond the Last Mountains 66
Facing the End 67
Notes 69
Key Terms: An Outline of Hsieh Ling-yun's Conceptual World 75
Finding List 78
Further Reading 79
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