A Hundred and Seventy Chinese Poems

A Hundred and Seventy Chinese Poems

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"[...]and short lines, its cataract of exotic verbiage, he aimed at something nearer akin to music than to poetry. Tu Fu, his contemporary, occasionally abandoned the cult of "abstract form." Both poets lived through the most tragic period of Chinese history. In 755 the Emperor's Turkic favourite, An Lu-shan, revolted against his master. A civil war followed, in which China lost thirty million men. The dynasty was permanently enfeebled and the Empire greatly curtailed by foreign incursions. So ended the "Golden Age" of Ming Huang. Tu Fu, stirred by the horror of massacres and conscriptions, wrote a series of poems in the old style, which Po Chu-i singles out for praise. One of them, "The Press-gang," is familiar in Giles's translation. Li Po, meanwhile, was writing complimentary[...].""show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 150g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507509219
  • 9781507509210

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