Three Chinese Poets: Translations of Poems by Wang Wei, Li Bai, and Du Fu

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The three T'ang dynasty poets translated here are among the greatest literary figures of China, or indeed the world. Responding differently to their common times, Wang Wei, Li Bai, and Du Fu crystallize the immense variety of China and the Chinese poetic tradition and, across a distance of twelve hundred years, move the reader as it is rare for even poetry to do.

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Overview

The three T'ang dynasty poets translated here are among the greatest literary figures of China, or indeed the world. Responding differently to their common times, Wang Wei, Li Bai, and Du Fu crystallize the immense variety of China and the Chinese poetic tradition and, across a distance of twelve hundred years, move the reader as it is rare for even poetry to do.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060950248
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Series: Harper Perennial Series
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Vikram Seth

Vikram Seth has written acclaimed books in several genres: verse novel, The Golden Gate; travel book, From Heaven Lake; animal fables, Beastly Tales; epic fiction, A Suitable Boy. His most recent novel, An Equal Music, was published in 1999. He lives in England and India.

Biography

Vikram Seth was born in India and educated there and in England, California, and China. He has written acclaimed books in several genres: verse novel, The Golden Gate; travel book, From Heaven Lake; animal fables, Beastly Tales; epic novel, A Suitable Boy. His most recent novel, An Equal Music, was published in 1999.

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Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Seth:

"I used to like swimming in the Serpentine, even in the snow, but lately I've chickened out."

"I enjoy Chinese calligraphy, which I have been studying for years."

"On the whole, I'm quite lazy, and like watching Columbo or reading detective stories."

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    1. Hometown:
      Delhi, India; and Salisbury, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 20, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Calcutta, West Bengal, India
    1. Education:
      B.A., Oxford University, 1975; M.A., Stanford University, MA 1978; Nanjing University Diploma, 1982

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Note on Pronunciation
Introduction
Deer Park 3
Birdsong Brook 4
Lady Xi 5
Grieving for Meng Haoran 6
Remembering my Brothers in Shandong on the Double-Ninth Festival 7
The Pleasures of the Country 8
Autumn Nightfall at my Place in the Hills 9
Zhongnan Retreat 10
In Answer to Vice-Magistrate Zhang 11
Living in the Hills: Impromptu Verses 12
Lament for Yin Yao 13
Ballad of the Peach Tree Spring 14
In the Quiet Night 19
A Song of Qiu-pu 20
The Waterfall at Lu Shan 21
Question and Answer in the Mountains 22
Seeing Meng Haoran off to Yangzhou 23
Parting at a Wineshop in Nanjing 24
Listening to a Monk from Shu Playing the Lute 25
The Mighty Eunuchs' Carriages 26
Drinking Alone with the Moon 27
Bring in the Wine 28
The Road to Shu is Hard 30
Thoughts while Travelling at Night 35
Spring Scene in Time of War 36
Moonlit Night 37
The Visitor 38
Thoughts on an Ancient Site: The Temple of Zhu-ge Liang 39
The Chancellor of Shu 40
An Autumn Meditation 41
Dreaming of Li Bai 42
To Wei Ba, who has Lived Away from the Court 43
The Old Cypress Tree at the Temple of Zhu-ge Liang 44
A Fine Lady 45
Grieving for the Young Prince 46
Ballad of the Army Carts 48
Notes to Poems 51
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