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The selected poems of Li Po

Author: Bai Li; David Hinton
Publisher: New York : New Directions Pub. Co., 1996.
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Li Po (A.D. 701-762) lived in T'ang Dynasty China, but his influence has spanned the centuries: the pure lyricism of his poems has awed readers in China and Japan for over a millennium, and through Ezra Pound's translations, Li Po became central to the modernist revolution in the West. His work is suffused with Taoism and Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism, but these seem not so much spiritual influences as the inborn form of his
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Genre/Form: Translations
Named Person: Bai Li; Bai Li
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bai Li; David Hinton
ISBN: 0811213234 9780811213233
OCLC Number: 34191794
Notes: "A New directions book."
Description: xxv, 134 pages : map ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: translated by David Hinton.

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Li Po (A.D. 701-762) lived in T'ang Dynasty China, but his influence has spanned the centuries: the pure lyricism of his poems has awed readers in China and Japan for over a millennium, and through Ezra Pound's translations, Li Po became central to the modernist revolution in the West. His work is suffused with Taoism and Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism, but these seem not so much spiritual influences as the inborn form of his life.

There is a set-phrase in Chinese referring to the phenomenon of Li Po: "Winds of the immortals, bones of the Tao." He moved through this world with an unearthly freedom from attachment, and at the same time belonged profoundly to the earth and its process of change. However ethereal in spirit, his poems remain grounded in the everyday experience we all share. He wrote 1200 years ago, half a world away, but in his poems we see our world transformed.

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