Fir-Flower Tablets: Poems Translated from the Chinese (Classic Reprint)
- Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
- Shipping Weight (lbs):1.3
- Dimensions (in):9 x 6 x 0.8
- Publication Date:August 1, 2012
Let me state at the outset that I know no Chinese. My duty in Mrs. A yscough sand my joint collaboration has been to turn her literal translations into poems as near to the spirit of the originals as it was in my power to do. It has been a long and arduous task, but one which has amply repaid every hour spent upon it. To be suddenly introduced to a new and magnificent literature, not through the medium of the usual more or less accurate translation, but directly, as one might burrow it out for ones self with the aid of a dictionary, is an exciting and inspiring thing. The method we adopted made this possible, as I shall attempt to show. The study of Chinese is so difi Oicult that it is a life-work in itself, so is the study of poetry. A sinologue has no time to learn how to write poetry; a poet has no time to learn how to read Chinese. Since neither of us pretended to any knowledge of the others craft, our association has been a continually augmenting pleasure. I was lucky indeed to approach Chinese poetry through such a medium. The translations I had previously read had given me nothing. Mrs. A yscough has been to me the pathway to a new world.
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