West Cliff Poems: The Poetry of Weng Chuan

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9780981274461: West Cliff Poems: The Poetry of Weng Chuan

Poetry. East Asia Studies. Translated from the Chinese with an Introduction and Notes by Jonathan Chaves. Foreword by Burton Watson. Illustrations from Lan Ying. This is the first book in any language devoted to Weng Chüan (d. after 1214), one of the most influential late-Sung Dynasty poets, known for his intimate nature poetry. "Chaves makes an outstanding contribution to the books that present classical Chinese poetry in both accurate and enjoyable English"--Choice. "Chaves breaks new ground. A vast poetic corpus is opened up to the general reader for the first time"--The Times Literary Supplement.

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Jonathan Chaves, professor of Chinese at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., is a well-known scholar and translator of classical Chinese poetry. He has also studied relationships among poetry, painting and calligraphy in China, leading to his guest-curating the exhibition The Chinese Painter as Poet for China Institute in America in 2000. One emphasis of his work has been the introduction of Chinese poets never before translated to the Western reading public. Chaves writes as well on the philosophical aspects of literary criticism today, and has also published his own original poetry.

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