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Clouds Thick, Whereabouts Unknown : Poems by Zen Monks of China - Charles Egan

Clouds Thick, Whereabouts Unknown

Poems by Zen Monks of China

By: Charles Egan (Translator), Charles Chu (Illustrator)

Paperback Published: 19th May 2010
ISBN: 9780231150392
Number Of Pages: 306
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Compiled by a leading scholar of Chinese poetry, this anthology provides interpretive strategies that best capture the ideological and literary nuances of Chan (Zen) poetry. Charles Egan outlines basic Mahayana Buddhist tenets, Chan development, and principles of Chinese poetry, enabling a rich encounter with works that were composed, paradoxically, to "say more by saying less."

The anthology features monk-poets from the eighth to seventeenth centuries whose writing ranges from direct vernacular to evocative, imagistic styles. Egan's faithful and elegant translations of poems by Han Shan, Guanxiu, and Qiji, among many other monks, will delight all readers, and Egan's detailed notes and analyses, which illuminate the specialized language of metaphor and allusion developed over hundreds of years of Chan discourse, will prove invaluable to scholars. Monk-poets joined mainstream ideas on poetic function to religious reflection and proselytizing, inventing a distinct genre that influenced generations of Chinese poets, critics, and writers. The simplicity of Chan poetry belies its complex ideology and sophisticated language, elements Egan vividly explicates through religious and literary critique. Exquisite paintings by Charles Chu further enhance the aesthetic and intellectual experience of these works, creating a truly sensational experience for readers of every background.

This books fulfills at least three needs and fulfills them at a very high standard... it expands the body of Ch'an poetry available in English... it provides an account of the Ch'an religious tradition... the translations are graceful. Journal of Chinese Religions

Dynastic Timelinep. ix
A Note on Pinyin Romanizationp. xi
List of Illustrationsp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. 2
Historical and Religious Backgroundp. 6
Chan Poetryp. 34
Note on the Translationsp. 47
Poemsp. 57
Tang Dynasty (618-907) and Five Dynasties (907-960)p. 58
Song Dynasty (960-1279)p. 110
Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) and Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)p. 144
Introductions to the Poets and Explanatory Notesp. 167
Glossaryp. 271
Bibliographyp. 277
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780231150392
ISBN-10: 0231150393
Series: Translations from the Asian Classics
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 19th May 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.47