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The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry : From Early Times to the Thirteenth Century - Burton Watson

The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry

From Early Times to the Thirteenth Century

By: Burton Watson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 21st January 1987
ISBN: 9780231056830
Number Of Pages: 385
For Ages: 22+ years old

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"The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry" presents translations of more than 420 poems by 96 poets drawn from the great ages of Chinese poetry. It begins with selections from the "Book of Odes," the oldest anthology of Chinese poetry compiled around the seventh century B.C., and covers the succeeding generations down to the end of the Sung dynasty in A.D. 1279.

Important poets such as Tao YA1/4an-ming, LiPo, Tu Fu, Su Tung-po, and Lu Yu are treated in separate sections with generous samplings from their works, while lesser poets are represented in chapters devoted to the particular era in which they lived. A general introduction discusses the major characteristics and forms of traditional Chinese poetry, while introductory essays to the individual chapters outline the history of poetic development in China over the centuries.

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This gathering of translations in the surest, clearest, most comprehensive presentation of Chinese poetry yet. Burton Watson's lifelong dedication to Chinese literature becomes a gift to us all. -- Gary Snyder

The Book of Odes
The Ch'u Tz'u
Early Songs, Poems in Rhyme-Prose Form, and Yneh-fu Ballads
Poems of the Han and Wei
T'ao Ynan-ming
Chin, Six Dynasties, and Sui Poets
Major T'ang Poets I: Wang Wei, Li Po, Tu Fu
Major T'ang Poets II: Han Yn, Po Chn-i, Han-shan
Other T'ang Poets
Two Major Sung Poets: Su Tung-p'o, Lu Yu
Other Sung Poets
Lyrics in Tz'u Form
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780231056830
ISBN-10: 0231056834
Series: Translations from the Oriental Classics
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 385
Published: 21st January 1987
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57