Songs of Love, Moon, & Wind: Poems from the Chinese (New Directions Paperbook)

“Nothing stands nonetheless during this poetry: the wind blows the timber, the lake water ripples and the ever present street runs out and in of the hills.”―American Poetry Review

Moss coated paths among scarlet peonies,
faded jade mountains fill your rustic windows.
I envy you, under the influence of alcohol with flowers,
Butterflies swirling on your dreams.

―Ch’ien Ch’i

This beautiful present ebook deals a large sampling of chinese language verse, from the 1st century to our personal time, starting with the lyric poetry of Tu Fu, relocating to the people songs of the Six Dynasties interval, directly to the Sung Dynasty, and to the current. additionally represented are the various best-known ladies of chinese language poetry, together with Li Ching-chao and Chu Shu-chen. those basic, available yet profound poems come via to us with a panoramic immediacy in Kenneth Rexroth’s English versions―a remarkable reward for any lover of poetry.

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All males love the mirrored image within the water Of the coloured mountains and not cease speaking in their good looks. The lotus pods are ripe. The lotus leaves have became previous. Duckweed and rushes are soaked with crystal dew. Gulls and egrets alongside the financial institution Have their heads tucked underneath their wings, Or flip their heads away, as though they too remorse you want to return so quickly. LI CH'ING-CHAO while WILL I BE domestic whilst will I be domestic? I don’t understand. within the mountains, within the wet evening, the fall lake is flooded.

TU FU SPRING ENDS The mild breeze has died down The perfumed airborne dirt and dust has settled. it's the finish of the time Of plant life. night falls And all day i've been too Lazy to sweep my hair. Our furnishings is simply an identical. He not exists. All attempt will be wasted. ahead of i will be able to communicate, My tears choke me. I listen that Spring at Rivers continues to be attractive. I had was hoping to take a ship there, yet i do know so fragile a vessel Won’t endure the sort of weight of sorrow. LI CH'ING-CHAO MOON pageant the fall constellations start to upward thrust.

Four A freezing sky. The 12 months ends. Icy winds whirl the snowflakes. below the covers My darling is warmer than midsummer evening. nameless (SIX DYNASTIES) EAST WIND The burgeoning timber are thick with leaves The birds are making a song on all of the hills. The East Wind blows softly. The birds sing, the vegetation dance. This minor Justice of the Peace is inebriated. the next day to come whilst he wakes up, Spring will not be new. OU-YANG HSIU looking at LOTUSES Wind comes at the lake. The waves unfold everywhere. Already Autumn is finishing.

Why may still I endure loads from homesickness? i'm ailing. Combing my lengthy hair exasperates me. lower than the roof beams the swallows chatter an excessive amount of all day lengthy. A gentle breeze fills the curtains with the fragrance of roses. LI CH'ING-CHAO A DREAM AT evening In extensive sunlight I dream I Am along with her. At evening I dream She continues to be at my part. She incorporates her equipment of coloured Threads. I see her picture bent Over her bag of silks. She Mends and alters my outfits and concerns for worry i would glance Worn and ragged.

Wave it and it'll make a cooling breeze. i'm hoping, that once Autumn comes again And the North Wind drives away the warmth, you won't shop it away among previous presents And fail to remember it, lengthy sooner than it really is tired. woman P'AN INDEX [Women poets are famous with an *. ] nameless (Six Dynasties, 222–589) throughout the year sour chilly Kill that Crowing Cock evening ceaselessly what's the topic with Me? CHIANG CHIEH (1245–c. 1310) To the track “The reasonable Maid of Yu” CH'IEN CH'I (c. 722–c. 780) stopover at to the Hermit Ts’ui CH'IN KUAN (1049–1100) Autumn CHU HSI (1130–1200) The Farm by way of the Lake *CHU SHU-CHEN (12th c.

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