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Spring essence : the poetry of Hò̂ Xuân Hương

Author: Xuân Hương Hò̂; John Balaban
Publisher: Port Townsend, WA : Copper Canyon Press, ©2000.
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Hò̂ Xuân Hương, whose name means Spring Essence, was an eighteenth-century concubine who wrote subtly risque poems that used double entendre and sexual innuendo as a vehicle for social, religious, and poltical commentary. Her attacks on male authority were shocking and risky, but she and her work survived because of her exquisite cleverness and skill at poetry. Translated from the older version of Vietnamese by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hò̂, Xuân Hương.
Spring essence.
Port Townsend, WA : Copper Canyon Press, ©2000
(OCoLC)606445033
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Xuân Hương Hò̂; John Balaban
ISBN: 1556591489 9781556591488
OCLC Number: 44764053
Language Note: Each poem in Nôm script, Vietnamese, and English.
Notes: Translated from the original Nôm script.
Description: ix, 134 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: ca dao / John Balaban --
Introduction --
Autumn landscape --
Confession (I) --
Offering betel --
Confession (II) --
Lament for the prefect on Vinh-Tuong --
Lament for Commissioner Coc --
Confession (III) --
The floating cake --
On sharing a husband --
Jackfruit --
River snail --
Tavern by a mountain stream --
Teasing Chieu-Ho --
Chieu-Ho's reply --
Three-Mountain Pass --
Weaving at night --
On a portrait of two beauties --
The unwed mother --
Swinging --
Male member --
Girl without a sex --
The paper fan --
Picking flowers --
The wellspring --
Cats --
Consoling a young widow --
The pharmacist's widow mourns his death --
The condition of women --
Village schoolmaster --
The retired doctor --
Young scholars --
Quan Su Pagoda --
Buddhist nun --
The lustful monk --
Old pagoda --
Viewing Cac-Co Cavern --
Mocking a monk --
Tran Quoc Temple --
At the Chinese general's tomb --
Rusty coins --
The scarecrow --
The crab --
Unwelcome houseguest --
The Kingdom of Dang.
Responsibility: edited and translated by John Balaban.

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Hò̂ Xuân Hương, whose name means Spring Essence, was an eighteenth-century concubine who wrote subtly risque poems that used double entendre and sexual innuendo as a vehicle for social, religious, and poltical commentary. Her attacks on male authority were shocking and risky, but she and her work survived because of her exquisite cleverness and skill at poetry. Translated from the older version of Vietnamese by John Balaban, with Nom script on facing pages.

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