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Poems : Penguin Classics - Li Po


Penguin Classics

By: Li Po, Tu Fu

Paperback Published: 1st September 1982
ISBN: 9780140442724
Number Of Pages: 256
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.

Acknowledgementsp. 9
Pronunciation of Chinese Words and Namesp. 11
Note on the Chinese Calligraphyp. 13
Introductionp. 15
'Li-Tu'p. 15
The Background to their Timesp. 20
Li Pop. 22
Tu Fup. 37
The Background to T'ang Poetry: The Beginnings: The 'Book of Odes', The Language and Scriptp. 44
The Background to T'ang Poetry: The Ch'u Tz'up. 60
The Background to T'ang Poetry: The Ballads and the Principles of Chinese Syllabic Metrep. 62
A Demonstration by Balladp. 65
The Approach to Translation in this Bookp. 76
The Tones and the 'Chinese Sonnet'p. 88
Reading the Poems in Englishp. 101
Li Pop. 103
Tu Fup. 161
List of Titlesp. 245
Index of First Linesp. 247
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ISBN: 9780140442724
ISBN-10: 0140442723
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st September 1982
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1