The Selected Poems of Tu Fu
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The Selected Poems of Tu Fu : Expanded and Newly Translated by David Hinton

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Tu Fu (712-770 C.E.) has for a millennium been widely considered the greatest poet in the Chinese tradition, and Hinton's original translation played a key role in developing that reputation in America. Most of Tu Fu's best poems were written in the last decade of his life, as an impoverished refugee fleeing the devastation of civil war. In the midst of these challenges, his always personal poems manage to combine a remarkable range of possibilities: elegant simplicity and great complexity, everyday life and grand historical drama, private philosophical depth and social engagement in a world consumed by war. Through it all, his is a wisdom that can only be called elemental, and his poems sound remarkably contemporary.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 155 x 229 x 20mm | 400g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Expanded, Translation
  • 081122838X
  • 9780811228381
  • 176,702

Review quote

Tu Fu said 'A poet's ideas are noble and simple.' But Tu Fu does not seem so simple to us. His richly-layered work is well represented in these crisp translations. The background notes are invaluable. One of the world's finest poets is made available here.--Gary Snyder
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