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A Little Primer of Tu Fu

A Little Primer of Tu Fu The deepest and most varied of the Tang dynasty poets Tu Fu Du Fu is in the words of David Hinton the first complete poetic sensibility in Chinese literature Tu Fu merged the public and the private

  • Title: A Little Primer of Tu Fu
  • Author: David Hawkes
  • ISBN: 9789627255024
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Paperback
  • The deepest and most varied of the Tang dynasty poets, Tu Fu Du Fu is, in the words of David Hinton, the first complete poetic sensibility in Chinese literature Tu Fu merged the public and the private, often in the same poem, as his subjects ranged from the horrors of war to the delights of friendship, from closely observed landscapes to remembered dreams, from the evThe deepest and most varied of the Tang dynasty poets, Tu Fu Du Fu is, in the words of David Hinton, the first complete poetic sensibility in Chinese literature Tu Fu merged the public and the private, often in the same poem, as his subjects ranged from the horrors of war to the delights of friendship, from closely observed landscapes to remembered dreams, from the evocation of historical moments to a wry lament over his own thinning hair Although Tu Fu has been translated often, and often brilliantly, David Hawkes s classic study, first published in 1967, is the only book that demonstrates in depth how his poems were written Hawkes presents thirty five poems in the original Chinese, with a pinyin transliteration, a character by character translation, and a commentary on the subject, the form, the historical background, and the individual lines There is no other book quite like it for any language a nuts and bolts account of how Chinese poems in general, and specifically the poems of one of the world s greatest poets, are constructed It s an irresistible challenge for readers to invent their own translations.

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    1. This is a unique little book - a collection of thirty-five of Du Fu's poems, collected from a famous anthology (The 唐诗三百首), and presents them to an interested reader who knows little or no Chinese. Hawkes presents the original Chinese text with a Pinyin transliteration into Pinyin. After this, he makes some remarks about the title and the poem's historical context, and then a strongly literal line-by-line (and in some cases word-by-word) translation into English, and then a 'prose crib [...]

    2. I enjoyed this greatly, and wish it had all two hundred of the poems, or that other people had done such books, because it is such a satisfying way to read poetry in translation, all the pieces there for the reader to put together. Hawkes' prose translations are, to my mind, awful, but I do not mind them because with all the rest I feel like I can see a little of what the original poem was.

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