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The Art of Writing: Teachings of the Chinese Masters
     

The Art of Writing: Teachings of the Chinese Masters

by Tony Barnstone, Kendra Crossen (Editor)
 

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The ancient Chinese regarded the written word as a transformative force able to move heaven and earth and unite the reader with the source of all things, the Tao. The power of writing, especially poetry, is celebrated here in short texts that present both practical instruction and spiritual insight:

   •  Lu Ji's essay in verse, "The

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The ancient Chinese regarded the written word as a transformative force able to move heaven and earth and unite the reader with the source of all things, the Tao. The power of writing, especially poetry, is celebrated here in short texts that present both practical instruction and spiritual insight:

   •  Lu Ji's essay in verse, "The Art of Writing," reveals the inner process every writer must go through in preparing for the creative act.
   •  Sikong Tu's "Twenty-four Styles of Poetry" teaches that poets must perfect themselves internally in order to achieve perfection in what they write.
   •  "Poets' Jade Splinters" contains aphoristic prescriptions and humorous anecdotes about poetry, poets, and the rules of composition.

Assorted commentaries and critical evaluations focus on Chinese lyrical poetry.

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From the Publisher
"Lively and surprising, insightful and instructive, this is an indispensable addition to the writer's bookshelf."—Jane Hirshfield, cotranslator of The Ink Dark Moon

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570620928
Publisher:
Shambhala
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)

Meet the Author

Tony Barnstone is a poet, translator, and literary critic who teaches creative writing and literature at Whittier College in Whittier, California. His books include Laughing Lost in the Mountains: Selected Poems of Wang Wei and Out of the Howling Storm: The New Chinese Poetry.

Chou Ping is a poet and translator whose work has appeared in the Literary Review, Nimrod, and the Chicago Review.

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