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The Selected Poems of Tu Fu: Expanded and Newly Translated by David Hinton

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The Selected Poems of Tu Fu: Expanded and Newly Translated by David Hinton

By  Tu Fu , Translated by  David Hinton
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A new and substantially expanded version of Hinton’s landmark translation of Tu Fu, published on the thirtieth anniversary of that original edition

Shortlisted for the Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize

Tu Fu (712–770 C.E.) has for a millennium been widely considered the greatest poet in the Chinese tradition, and Hinton’s original translation played a key role in developing that reputation in America. Most of Tu Fu’s best poems were written in the last decade of his life, as an impoverished refugee fleeing the devastation of civil war. In the midst of these challenges, his always personal poems manage to combine a remarkable range of possibilities: elegant simplicity and great complexity, everyday life and grand historical drama, private philosophical depth and social engagement in a world consumed by war. Through it all, his is a wisdom that can only be called elemental, and his poems sound remarkably contemporary.

Tu Fu (712–770) was a Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty. His poetry prominently features themes of morality and history, and is known for its adherence to strict structural forms. Tu Fu lived during the devastating An Lushan Rebellion and this experience was reflected in his later work.

DAVID HINTON’s original Selected Poems of Tu Fu was the first full-length verse translation of Tu Fu published in America. The author also of singular books of essays and poetry, Hinton has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous N.E.A. and N.E.H fellowships, both major awards given for poetry translation in the United States, and a lifetime achievement award by The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

ISBN: 9780811228381

ISBN-10: 9780811228381

Publisher: New Directions

Publication Date: 02/25/2020 - 12:00am

On Sale: 02/25/2020 - 12:00am

Pages: 288

Language: English

Categories

Poetry / Asian / Chinese

Poetry

Poetry / Ancient & Classical