The Selected Poems of Wang Wei

The Selected Poems of Wang Wei

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Wang Wei (701-761 C.E.) is often spoken of, with his contemporaries Li Po and Tu Fu, as one of the three greatest poets in China's 3,000-year poetic tradition. Of the three, Wang was the consummate master of the short imagistic landscape poem that came to typify classical Chinese poetry. He developed a nature poetry of resounding tranquility wherein deep understanding goes far beyond the words on the page--a poetics that can be traced to his assiduous practice of Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism. But in spite of this philosophical depth, Wang is not a difficult poet. Indeed, he may be the most immediately appealing of China's great poets, and in Hinton's masterful translations he sounds utterly contemporary. Many of his best poems are incredibly concise, composed of only twenty words, and they often turn on the tiniest details: a bird's cry, a splinter of light on moss, an egret's wingbeat. Such imagistic clarity is not surprising since Wang was also one of China's greatest landscape painters. This is a breathtaking poetry, one that in true Zen fashion renders the ten thousand things of this world in such a way that they empty the self even as they shimmer with the clarity of their own self-sufficient identity.
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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 155 x 231 x 13mm | 205g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0811216187
  • 9780811216180
  • 73,948

About Wang Wei

Wang Wei (699 oder 701 bis 759 oder 761) war ein Dichter, Maler, Musiker und Staatsmann der chinesischen Tang-Dynastie. Er ist hauptsächlich bekannt für seine Gedichte, von denen 29 in die klassische und weit verbreitete Anthologie Dreihundert Tang-Gedichte aufgenommen wurden. Er gilt neben Li Bai, Du Fu und Meng Haoran, mit dem er befreundet war, als einer der größten Dichter der Tang-Zeit. Gleichfalls gilt Wang Wei als einer der größten Maler, Kalligraphen und Musiker seiner Zeit, doch diese Werke sind nicht überliefert.
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