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In traditional Chinese culture, poetic artistry held a place that was unrivaled by any other single talent, and was a source of prestige and even of political power. In this rich collection, J. P. Seaton introduces the reader to the main styles of Chinese poetry and the major poets, from the classic Shih Ching to the twentieth century. Seaton has a poet's ear, and his tran In traditional Chinese culture, poetic artistry held a place that was unrivaled by any other single talent, and was a source of prestige and even of political power. In this rich collection, J. P. Seaton introduces the reader to the main styles of Chinese poetry and the major poets, from the classic Shih Ching to the twentieth century. Seaton has a poet's ear, and his translations here are fresh and vivid.


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In traditional Chinese culture, poetic artistry held a place that was unrivaled by any other single talent, and was a source of prestige and even of political power. In this rich collection, J. P. Seaton introduces the reader to the main styles of Chinese poetry and the major poets, from the classic Shih Ching to the twentieth century. Seaton has a poet's ear, and his tran In traditional Chinese culture, poetic artistry held a place that was unrivaled by any other single talent, and was a source of prestige and even of political power. In this rich collection, J. P. Seaton introduces the reader to the main styles of Chinese poetry and the major poets, from the classic Shih Ching to the twentieth century. Seaton has a poet's ear, and his translations here are fresh and vivid.

30 review for The Shambhala Anthology of Chinese Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Florencia

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    A comprehensive collection that is not only interesting for the poetry but also for its description of Chinese history. Before I read this book I figured Chinese poetry was all about moons, mountains, forests and fisherman. Turns out there's also a lot of drinking, wandering, hermits, homesickness, playing the lute and gray hair. (I read it on the heels of Empress of Bright Moon, which gave it some interesting context too.) A comprehensive collection that is not only interesting for the poetry but also for its description of Chinese history. Before I read this book I figured Chinese poetry was all about moons, mountains, forests and fisherman. Turns out there's also a lot of drinking, wandering, hermits, homesickness, playing the lute and gray hair. (I read it on the heels of Empress of Bright Moon, which gave it some interesting context too.)

  3. 4 out of 5

    K. 🦉

    I was happy to discover that this wasn’t a typical collection of poems, but offered the reader much more. Backgrounds of the poets are offered, as well as a concise overview of the period when the poem was written. There is also a wonderful notes section that further helps the reader to fully understand what it is they have just read. For me, it helped to know what the poet was referring to, whether it be a superstition, pun, or in one case understanding what a ching-wei is. It’s a mythical bird I was happy to discover that this wasn’t a typical collection of poems, but offered the reader much more. Backgrounds of the poets are offered, as well as a concise overview of the period when the poem was written. There is also a wonderful notes section that further helps the reader to fully understand what it is they have just read. For me, it helped to know what the poet was referring to, whether it be a superstition, pun, or in one case understanding what a ching-wei is. It’s a mythical bird, just so you know.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    “Young, I loved to read good books: word for word I memorized whole chapters. Old, I love to read good books to pass the time, to follow where my interest leads me. Although it is true I forget half I read.” Yuán Méi 袁枚 (1716–1797)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bastián Olea Herrera

    La poesía china es gráfica, pero a la vez abstracta e interpretable, pintando paisajes y escenarios naturales, generalmente en ambientes de quietud y reflexión, donde mediante pocas palabras uno queda situado en otras tierras y épocas. Estos ambientes se complementan con los pensamientos de estos poetas (en su mayoría hombres), entregando efímeras ventanas de conocimiento y consejo en forma de metáfora. Interesante la cantidad de referencias al vino y la ebriedad, a las aves, las estaciones del a La poesía china es gráfica, pero a la vez abstracta e interpretable, pintando paisajes y escenarios naturales, generalmente en ambientes de quietud y reflexión, donde mediante pocas palabras uno queda situado en otras tierras y épocas. Estos ambientes se complementan con los pensamientos de estos poetas (en su mayoría hombres), entregando efímeras ventanas de conocimiento y consejo en forma de metáfora. Interesante la cantidad de referencias al vino y la ebriedad, a las aves, las estaciones del año, y la vida sencilla de los poetas y pescadores, pero también a los diferentes tipos de gobierno y su distanciamiento de dichas formas de vivir. Mi poeta favorita: Li Ching-chao (1084-1151).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ivan Granger

    Another excellent collection of Chinese poetry. Less voluminous than Sunflower Splendor, and thus less disorienting. A very good collection if you are just becoming familiar with the rich world of Chinese poetry.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Arthur

  8. 4 out of 5

    Terry Fenton

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joe

  10. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Dyhr

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wrangler Gunter

  12. 5 out of 5

    Edgar Trevizo

  13. 5 out of 5

    Grady

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  15. 5 out of 5

    Don

    a very good book of Chinese poetry, comprehensive with most of the main poets in Chinese history

  16. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Ervin

  19. 4 out of 5

    Raiyan Ahsan

  20. 4 out of 5

    mark mendoza

  21. 5 out of 5

    Flowerfoo

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Girard

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sus

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dana

  26. 4 out of 5

    Davis

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kit Johnson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kara

  29. 4 out of 5

    Fred Everett

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rambling Reader

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