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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
Contents: Early years (A.D. 701-742). O-Mei mountain moon --
At Ching-Men Ferry, a farewell --
Gazing at the Lu Mountain waterfall --
Visiting a Ch'an master among mountains and lakes --
Night thoughts at Tung-Lin monastery --
Sunflight chant --
Written on a wall at Summit-Top temple --
Ch'ang-Kan village song --
Farewell to a visitor returning east --
To send far away --
Hsiang-Yang songs --
At Y©ơan Tan-Ch'iu's mountain home --
Written while wandering the White River --
Wandering Ch'ing-Ling stream in Nan-Yang --
Song of the merchant --
Frontier-mountain moon --
A summer day in the mountains --
Spring thoughts --
Ancient song --
Waiting for wine that doesn't come --
Mountain dialogue --
Gazing into antiquity at Su terrace --
Gazing into antiquity in Y©ơeh --
Avoiding farewell in a Chin-Ling wineshop --
Wandering T'ai mountain --
Ch'ang-An and middle years (A.D. 742-755). Ch'ing P'ing lyrics (Cont.) Jade-staircase grievance --
Drinking alone beneath the moon --
Thinking of East Mountain --
Thoughts of you unending --
Wandering up Lo-Fu creek on a spring day --
On Hsin- P'ing tower --
Watching a white falcon set loose --
Shang Mountain, Four-Recluse Pass --
Spring grievance --
Teasing Tu Fu --
At Sha- Ch'iu, sent to Tu Fu --
At Sha-Ch'iu, farewell to Wei Pa --
Spur of the moment --
War south of the Great Wall --
Drinking in the mountains with a recluse --
Sent to my two children in Sha-Ch'iu --
Impromptu chant --
Farewell to Yin Shu --
Ching-T'ing mountain, sitting alone --
At Hs©ơan-Chou, I climb ... --
At Hsieh T'iao's house --
Heaven's-Gate mountain --
Listening to a monk's Ch'in depths --
Mourning Chao --
Drunk on T'ung-Kuan mountain, a quatrain --
On autumn river, along Po-Ko shores --
Autumn river songs --
Clear creek chant --
Visiting Shui-Hsi monastery (Cont.) War, exile, and later years (A.D. 755-762). On Phoenix tower in Chin-Ling --
At Chin-Ling --
After an ancient poem --
9/9, out drinking on Dragon mountain --
9/10 goings-on --
Starting up three gorges --
Leaving K'uei-Chou city early --
After climbing Pa-Ling mountain, in the west ... --
Written on the wall while drunk ... --
Looking for Yung, the recluse master --
Gazing at Crab- Apple Mountain --
Facing wine --
Drinking alone on a spring day --
A friend stays the night --
Drinking alone --
Thoughts in night quiet --
Lines three, five, seven words long --
South of the Yangtze, thinking of spring --
On gazing into a mirror.
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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