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):6 x 0.8 x 9
- Publication Date:August 3, 2012
Vn rgndu ta PREFACE BY AMY LOWELL Let me state at the outset that I know no Chinese. My duty in Mrs. A yscough sand my joint co Uaborafion 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 hsis been a long and arduous task, but one which has amply repaid every hour spent upon it. To be suddenly intror duced to a new and magnificent literature, not IJ irou the medium of the usual more (less accurate translatimi, but directly, as one might burrow it out for ones self with the aid ola dictionary, is an exciting and inspiring thing. The method we adopted made this possible, as I shall attnpt to show. The study of Chinese is so difi Scult that it is a life-work in itself, so is the study of poetry. A sinologue has DO time to learn bow 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 eissociation has been a continually augmenting pleasure. I was lucky indeed to approach Chinese poetry through such a medium. The tranalationa I had previously read had given me nothing. Mrs. A yscongh has been to me the pathway to a new world.
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