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A little primer of Tu Fu

Author: David Hawkes
Publisher: Hong Kong : The Chinese University Press of Hong Kong Press ; New York, NY : New York Review Books, [2016]
Series: Calligrams.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : Revised editionView all editions and formats
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"The deepest and most varied of the Tang Dynasty poets, Tu Fu (Du Fu) is, in the words of David Hinton, the "first complete poetic sensibility in Chinese literature." He merged the public and the private, often in the same poem, as his subjects ranged from the horrors of war to the delights of friendship, from closely observed landscapes to remembered dreams, from the evocation of historical moments to the wry  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Fu Du; Fu Du; Fu Du
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Hawkes
ISBN: 9789629966591 962996659X
OCLC Number: 919041816
Language Note: Includes poems in Chinese with transliterations into English.
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 269 pages ; 22 cm.
Series Title: Calligrams.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: by David Hawkes.
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"The deepest and most varied of the Tang Dynasty poets, Tu Fu (Du Fu) is, in the words of David Hinton, the "first complete poetic sensibility in Chinese literature." He merged the public and the private, often in the same poem, as his subjects ranged from the horrors of war to the delights of friendship, from closely observed landscapes to remembered dreams, from the evocation of historical moments to the wry lament over his own thinning hair. Although Tu Fu has often been translated, and often brilliantly, David Hawkes' classic study, first published in 1967, is the only book that demonstrates in depth how his poems were written. Hawkes presents thirty-five poems in the original Chinese, with a pinyin transliteration, a character-by-character translation, and a commentary on the subject, the form, the historical background, and the individual lines. There is no other book quite like it for any language: a nuts-and-bolts account of how Chinese poems in general, and specifically the poems of one of the world's greatest poets, are constructed. It's an irresistible challenge for readers to invent their own translations"--

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