Beyond Spring: T'zu Poems of the Sung Dynasty

Beyond Spring: T'zu Poems of the Sung Dynasty

Paperback Translations from the Asian Classics (Paperback)

Translated by Julie Landau


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  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 274 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 204mm x 16mm | 345g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1997
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0231096798
  • ISBN 13: 9780231096799
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: glossary

Product description

This anthology of poetry from the Sung Dynasty, translated into English, represents the golden age of the Tz'u period in the 10th-12th centuries AD. These translations of an important lyric form in Chinese literature strive to capture the phrasing and rhythms crucial to Tz'u. Organized by individual poets, the collection includes an introduction to symbols and allusions which enables the reader to discover references in specific poems. The text also contains biographies of the Chinese poets, a glossary of terms, and an historical chart of Chinese poetic genres.

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Author information

Julie Landau is a writer whose translations have appeared in many journals and anthologies.

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This is a beautiful and useful book of translations by Julie Landau of 150 Chinese lyric poems (tz'u) from the Sung dynasty (960-1279). Harvard Review As many readers will surely be, I am very grateful for Beyond Spring, which gives me an ancient poetry of which I had known nothing. Julie Landau's translations are exquisite, conveying these old poems with fresh poignancy, with clarity of image, and with a truly evoked 'essence beyond the image.' -- Richard Wilbur

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This book is the kind of book which will draw the uninitiated into the world of Chinese poetry, motivate the learner to further study, and still provide the specialist with surprises and delights. Julie Landau has transmitted a variety of distinct voices with effectiveness...This book is a prominent venue into which these mighty world treasures have temporarily alighted.