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The poems of two of China’s most influential classical poets: Tu Fu, called “China’s Shakespeare” (BBC), and Li Po, the subject of Ha Jin’s The Banished Immortal and “China’s most beloved poet” (The New Yorker)
A Penguin Classic
Li Po (AD 701–62) and Tu Fu (AD 712–70) were devoted friends who are traditionally considered to be among China's greatest poets. Li Po, a legendary carouser, was an itinerant poet whose writing, often dream poems or spirit-journeys, soars to sublime heights in its descriptions of natural scenes and powerful emotions. His sheer escapism and joy is balanced by Tu Fu, who expresses the Confucian virtues of humanity and humility in more autobiographical works that are imbued with great compassion and earthy reality, and shot through with humour. Together these two poets of the T'ang dynasty complement each other so well that they often came to be spoken of as one – 'Li-Tu' – who covers the whole spectrum of human life, experience and feeling.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Pronunciation of Chinese Words and Names
Note on the Chinese Calligraphy
The Background to their Times
The Background to T'ang Poetry: The Beginnings: The 'Book of Odes', The Language and Script
The Background to T'ang Poetry: The Ch'u Tz'u
The Background to T'ang Poetry: The Ballads and the Principles of Chinese Syllabic Metre
A Demonstration by Ballad
The Approach to Translation in this Book
The Tones and the 'Chinese Sonnet'
Reading the Poems in English
List of Titles
Index of First Lines
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ISBN: 9780140442724 ISBN-10: 0140442723 Series: Penguin Classics Audience:
For Ages: 18+ years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 256 Published: 1st September 1982 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1