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
     
 

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

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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.

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A celebration of places and the gardens they can become. Using more than 500 sketches, axonometric drawings, and photos, the authors study each garden, its history, and the patterns and ideas that contribute to its lore. In different cultures, times and geographical areas, different possibilities for gardens are revealed with many examples. A lovely book of high and accessible scholarship. While he offers little poetic competition to Burton Watson's 100 translations in Cold Mountain, Henricks (religion, Dartmouth College) does provide complete, annotated translations of the entire Han-shan collection of 311 poems, showing the range of Han-shan's poetic interests, and his relationship to the development of Buddhism in China during the T'ang. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887069772
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/28/1990
Series:
SUNY Series in Buddhist Studies Series
Pages:
486
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.26(d)
Lexile:
1120L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Robert G. Henricks is Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College.

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