Poems

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Penguin UK, Jul 30, 2015 - Poetry - 256 pages
Li Po (AD 701-62) and Tu Fu (AD 712-70) were devoted friends who are traditionally considered to be among China's greatest poets. Li Po, a legendary carouser, was an itinerant poet whose writing, often dream poems or spirit-journeys, soars to sublime heights in its descriptions of natural scenes and powerful emotions. His sheer escapism and joy is balanced by Tu Fu, who expresses the Confucian virtues of humanity and humility in more autobiographical works that are imbued with great compassion and earthy reality, and shot through with humour. Together these two poets of the T'ang dynasty complement each other so well that they often came to be spoken of as one - 'Li-Tu' - who covers the whole spectrum of human life, experience and feeling.
 

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Contents

PRONUNCIATION OF CHINESE WORDS AND NAMES
NOTE ON THE CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
LiTu
The Background to their Times
Li
Tu
The Beginnings The Book of Odes The Language and Script
The Chu Tzu
The Ballads and the Principles of Chinese Syllabic Metre
A Demonstration by Ballad
The Approach to Translation in this Book
The Tones and the Chinese Sonnet
Reading the Poems in English
LIPO
TU
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