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Ge; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions Wang Wei roughly 699 761Wang Wei's Poems is available in Penguin ClassicsLi Po 701 762 Tu Fu 712 770 Li Po and Tu Fu is available in Penguin Classics. Well this was a lot of fun I didn't expect to highlight as many verses as I did This book of poetry collects the works of three Tang dynasty poets who would've thought judging from the title I have never read poetry from China before and I have an inkling that much was lost in translation nonetheless I uite enjoyed myself and appreciated the insight I got into Chinese cultureWang Wei is a 8th century poet musician painter and statesman He was one of the most famous men of arts and letters of his time In his later years Wang Wei lost interest in being a statesman and became involved in Buddhism and his poems reflected his focus on ZenCh'an practice and the beauty of nature Personally I liked the calmness and stillness of his poetry He described his surroundings with such care for detail that it was impossible not to note how connected to nature he felt He mused about water flowing with a purpose clear streams so calm the returning colors of spring and so on and so on The images he evoked with his words were beautifulOddly my favorite poem of his was not a poem about nature but a poem about war Watching a Farewell deals with the sacrifices boy soldiers make when they leave their home to fight in distant lands I am by no means a person who glorifies the military nonetheless the poem moved me Tears dried he must catch up his companionsSwallowing grief he sets his carriage in motionAt last the carriage passes out of sightBut still at times there's the dust thrown up from the roadI too long ago said good bye to my familyAnd when I see this my handkerchief is wet with tears I don't know about you but I really like the switch of perspective – the narrator initially just an observer can't help himself and gets invovled with what he seesLi Po was a Chinese poet acclaimed from his own day to the present as a genius and a romantic figure who took traditional poetic forms to new heights He and his friend Du Fu the last poet in this collection were the two most prominent figures in the flourishing of Chinese poetry in the Tang dynasty The expression Three Wonders referred to Li Po's poetry Pei Min's swordplay and Zhang Xu's calligraphyIt's funny to see that Li Po just like Hafez stands in the poetic tradition of glorifying alcoholic beverages His celebration of drunkenness can be witnessed in many of his poems However his best poems are the ones focusing on nostalgia and raw emotions He contemplates the yearning of a man who is seperated from his children the desperation of a woman who married a travelling man an old mother parting from her son Peach petals float their streamsaway in secretTo other skies and earthsthan those of mortals All in all we get intricate themes coupled with an excellent writing style I couldn't help but fall in love with Li Po He was definitely my favorite poet in this collection Du Fu's greatest ambition was to serve his country as a successful civil servant but he proved unable to make the necessary accommodations His life like the whole country was devastated by the An Lushan Rebellion of 755 and his last 15 years were a time of almost constant unrestHe has been called the Poet Historian and the Poet Sage by Chinese critics while the range of his work has allowed him to be introduced to Western readers as the Chinese VirgilMost interesting about Du Fu's work is definitely the overarching theme of life goes on His poetry dealt a lot with the war and individual suffering however he constantly stressed how unfazed nature is about all of these events Through Pity all our hoursweeping remembersThese waters and these flowersremain as ever; I would argue that he is probably the most realistic of the three however I didn't click with his poetry as well as with the othersOverall Three Tang Dynasty Poets is an interesting collection of Chinese verses Even though many parts felt doggerel probably due to the translation this collection is worthwhile It grands an interesting insight into Chinese culture and unites themes such as calmness in times of upheaval and in depth explorations of nature Little Answer lives of millions Wang Wei roughly 699 761Wang Wei's Poems is available in Penguin ClassicsLi Po 701 762 Tu Fu 712 770 Li Po and Tu Fu is available in Penguin Classics. Well this was a Undercover Secrets lot of fun I didn't expect to highlight as many verses as I did This book of poetry collects the works of three Tang dynasty poets who would've thought judging from the title I have never read poetry from China before and I have an inkling that much was Amethyst lost in translation nonetheless I uite enjoyed myself and appreciated the insight I got into Chinese cultureWang Wei is a 8th century poet musician painter and statesman He was one of the most famous men of arts and In My Own Words letters of his time In his Jules et Jim later years Wang Wei The Memory Box lost interest in being a statesman and became involved in Buddhism and his poems reflected his focus on ZenCh'an practice and the beauty of nature Personally I The Hometown Hero Returns (Home to Harbor Town, liked the calmness and stillness of his poetry He described his surroundings with such care for detail that it was impossible not to note how connected to nature he felt He mused about water flowing with a purpose clear streams so calm the returning colors of spring and so on and so on The images he evoked with his words were beautifulOddly my favorite poem of his was not a poem about nature but a poem about war Watching a Farewell deals with the sacrifices boy soldiers make when they Fever at Dawn leave their home to fight in distant Jogging Round Majorca lands I am by no means a person who glorifies the military nonetheless the poem moved me Tears dried he must catch up his companionsSwallowing grief he sets his carriage in motionAt May Takes the Lead (Pony Tails, last the carriage passes out of sightBut still at times there's the dust thrown up from the roadI too Quincy Jordan (Crystal Bay Girls, long ago said good bye to my familyAnd when I see this my handkerchief is wet with tears I don't know about you but I really Death and the Penguin like the switch of perspective – the narrator initially just an observer can't help himself and gets invovled with what he seesLi Po was a Chinese poet acclaimed from his own day to the present as a genius and a romantic figure who took traditional poetic forms to new heights He and his friend Du Fu the Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, last poet in this collection were the two most prominent figures in the flourishing of Chinese poetry in the Tang dynasty The expression Three Wonders referred to Li Po's poetry Pei Min's swordplay and Zhang Xu's calligraphyIt's funny to see that Li Po just The Path of Initiation like Hafez stands in the poetic tradition of glorifying alcoholic beverages His celebration of drunkenness can be witnessed in many of his poems However his best poems are the ones focusing on nostalgia and raw emotions He contemplates the yearning of a man who is seperated from his children the desperation of a woman who married a travelling man an old mother parting from her son Peach petals float their streamsaway in secretTo other skies and earthsthan those of mortals All in all we get intricate themes coupled with an excellent writing style I couldn't help but fall in Emily Dickinson Poems love with Li Po He was definitely my favorite poet in this collection Du Fu's greatest ambition was to serve his country as a successful civil servant but he proved unable to make the necessary accommodations His My Sisters Wishes life Flesh Wounds like the whole country was devastated by the An Lushan Rebellion of 755 and his At Sixes And Sevens last 15 years were a time of almost constant unrestHe has been called the Poet Historian and the Poet Sage by Chinese critics while the range of his work has allowed him to be introduced to Western readers as the Chinese VirgilMost interesting about Du Fu's work is definitely the overarching theme of Mr. Piper and His Cubs life goes on His poetry dealt a A More Christlike Way lot with the war and individual suffering however he constantly stressed how unfazed nature is about all of these events Through Pity all our hoursweeping remembersThese waters and these flowersremain as ever; I would argue that he is probably the most realistic of the three however I didn't click with his poetry as well as with the othersOverall Three Tang Dynasty Poets is an interesting collection of Chinese verses Even though many parts felt doggerel probably due to the translation this collection is worthwhile It grands an interesting insight into Chinese culture and unites themes such as calmness in times of upheaval and in depth explorations of nature

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'Can I bear to leave these blue hills' A generous selection from three of the greatest and most enjoyable of Chinese poets Introducing Little Black Classics 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Pengu. Isn’t poetry just wonderful I’m beginning to appreciate it and I’m finding myself reading so much of it of late and it’s for pleasure not for university work same thing really I know the exact poem that finally turned on my poetic ears so to speak; it was “Mont Blanc” by Percy Shelley and since then I’ve been reading all that I can get my hands on It’s a shame it’s taken me so long to fully realise what was in front of my eyes Enough of that there’s a whole world of poetry before me to explore And this edition was just what I needed Here are three poets I’d never heard of and here are three poets I enjoyed immenselyThe poetry of Tu Fu is the most universal Rather than lamenting over his family or fixating on a natural scene he actually describes real human emotions and conflicts This is the sort of poetry I like to read; it’s the sort of poetry that captures what it is to be human and expresses it in a way that transcend other forms Here’s my favouriteNight Thoughts Afloat By bent grasses in a gentle wind Under straight mast I'm alone tonight And the stars hang above the broad plain But moon's afloat in this Great River Oh where's my name among the poets Official rank 'Retired for ill health' Drifting drifting what am I than A single gull between sky and earth The poem is deceptively simple The last stanza recognises a large part of the human condition In reality as hard as it is to accept we’re all rather insignificant We’re just another being drifting in the seemingly nothingness of life Amongst the back drop of moon and stars of wind a river we are nothing in comparison We are the bent grass the small unimportant element of a greater whole And Tu Fu as a poet is just another cog in the wheel As great as his imagination may be he will never fully be able to express all that he wishes; he will never gain the official rank he wanted and be able to compare his words to the vast elements He sits in a boat contemplating alone It’s uite a strong poem definitely my favourite in here The poetry of Wang Wei is very much driven by descriptions of nature Regardless of what’s happening in the world whether it’s war or a woeful departure nature remains a beautiful inspiration Nothing can change that for him as he marches on as he plods through life the splendour of nature remains Like so On Leaving the Wang River retreat “At last I put my carriage in motionGo sadly out from these ivied pinesCan I bear to leave these blue hillsAnd the green stream – what of that” Again it’s deceptively simple These four lines carry so much meaning The narrator is leaving but that doesn’t matter The reason for his departure isn’t important The real world isn’t important The issues are small and perhaps petty when faced with such glory His surroundings here mean to him in this instance than the whole of mankind combined Leaving the purity of the ivied pines behind is a lamentable loss Walking away from the blue hills the hills of stability of intelligence and of heaven itself is no easy departure They represent much It’s all about the colours The sky and the sea are both blue as are these symbolic hills And the stream the green stream that represents oneness with nature that is the hardest of all to walk away from The line “at last I put my carriage in motion” says it all The reluctance is palpable Li Po wasn’t my favourite That doesn’t mean I dislike him I just think his poems in here were weak in comparison to the other two Maybe the editors just didn’t pick out his best most representative poems Some of them just didn’t speak to me on any level although they do portray a great deal about the man’s life and the time in which he wrote I picked out the one I liked the most belowDrinking with a gentleman of leisure in the mountains We both have drunk their birththe mountain flowersA toast a toast a toastagain anotherI am drunk long to sleep;Sir go a little Bring your lute if you likeearly tomorrowThe narrator isn’t drinking alcohol that’s for sure; he’s drinking in the sights around him he’s enjoying nature and relishing in the experience He’s gone to sleep on the flowers in the mountain and tomorrow only brings another good day It’s a good poem but like I said I much prefer the other two poems I copied here So this was a rather good edition one of the best I’ve read in uite a while Penguin Little Black Classic 09 The Little Black Classic Collection by penguin looks like it contains lots of hidden gems I couldn’t help it; they looked so good that I went and bought them all I shall post a short review after reading each one No doubt it will take me several months to get through all of them Hopefully I will find some classic authors from across the ages that I may not have come across had I not bought this collection Once Upon a Crime leave these blue hills' A generous selection from three of the greatest and most enjoyable of Chinese poets Introducing Little Black Classics 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Pengu. Isn’t poetry just wonderful I’m beginning to appreciate it and I’m finding myself reading so much of it of The Shadow Writer late and it’s for pleasure not for university work same thing really I know the exact poem that finally turned on my poetic ears so to speak; it was “Mont Blanc” by Percy Shelley and since then I’ve been reading all that I can get my hands on It’s a shame it’s taken me so Skinjob long to fully realise what was in front of my eyes Enough of that there’s a whole world of poetry before me to explore And this edition was just what I needed Here are three poets I’d never heard of and here are three poets I enjoyed immenselyThe poetry of Tu Fu is the most universal Rather than Proud lamenting over his family or fixating on a natural scene he actually describes real human emotions and conflicts This is the sort of poetry I Top Dog like to read; it’s the sort of poetry that captures what it is to be human and expresses it in a way that transcend other forms Here’s my favouriteNight Thoughts Afloat By bent grasses in a gentle wind Under straight mast I'm alone tonight And the stars hang above the broad plain But moon's afloat in this Great River Oh where's my name among the poets Official rank 'Retired for ill health' Drifting drifting what am I than A single gull between sky and earth The poem is deceptively simple The Bandits Moon last stanza recognises a Hamlet Retelling (Hogarth Shakespeare, large part of the human condition In reality as hard as it is to accept we’re all rather insignificant We’re just another being drifting in the seemingly nothingness of Not On The Label life Amongst the back drop of moon and stars of wind a river we are nothing in comparison We are the bent grass the small unimportant element of a greater whole And Tu Fu as a poet is just another cog in the wheel As great as his imagination may be he will never fully be able to express all that he wishes; he will never gain the official rank he wanted and be able to compare his words to the vast elements He sits in a boat contemplating alone It’s uite a strong poem definitely my favourite in here The poetry of Wang Wei is very much driven by descriptions of nature Regardless of what’s happening in the world whether it’s war or a woeful departure nature remains a beautiful inspiration Nothing can change that for him as he marches on as he plods through While My Pretty One Sleeps life the splendour of nature remains Like so On Leaving the Wang River retreat “At Freedom Hospital last I put my carriage in motionGo sadly out from these ivied pinesCan I bear to Sand (Sand, leave these blue hillsAnd the green stream – what of that” Again it’s deceptively simple These four The Sword of Honour Trilogy lines carry so much meaning The narrator is Une demande en mariage (Annotated) leaving but that doesn’t matter The reason for his departure isn’t important The real world isn’t important The issues are small and perhaps petty when faced with such glory His surroundings here mean to him in this instance than the whole of mankind combined Leaving the purity of the ivied pines behind is a The Secret of the Sacred Temple (Secret Agent Jack Stalwart, lamentable Indurain: La historia definitiva del mejor corredor del Tour de Francia (Córner) loss Walking away from the blue hills the hills of stability of intelligence and of heaven itself is no easy departure They represent much It’s all about the colours The sky and the sea are both blue as are these symbolic hills And the stream the green stream that represents oneness with nature that is the hardest of all to walk away from The Old Sins line “at The Real Romney last I put my carriage in motion” says it all The reluctance is palpable Li Po wasn’t my favourite That doesn’t mean I dislike him I just think his poems in here were weak in comparison to the other two Maybe the editors just didn’t pick out his best most representative poems Some of them just didn’t speak to me on any Liar level although they do portray a great deal about the man’s The Final Warning (Maximum Ride, life and the time in which he wrote I picked out the one I Cat & Dog liked the most belowDrinking with a gentleman of Katie Morag Stories leisure in the mountains We both have drunk their birththe mountain flowersA toast a toast a toastagain anotherI am drunk Why Men Skim Stones long to sleep;Sir go a Phantom Horse (Saddle Club, little Bring your Kiss Kiss lute if you Road to the Dales likeearly tomorrowThe narrator isn’t drinking alcohol that’s for sure; he’s drinking in the sights around him he’s enjoying nature and relishing in the experience He’s gone to sleep on the flowers in the mountain and tomorrow only brings another good day It’s a good poem but Ask the Past like I said I much prefer the other two poems I copied here So this was a rather good edition one of the best I’ve read in uite a while Penguin Little Black Classic 09 The Little Black Classic Collection by penguin Outsider looks Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen, like it contains Flavor lots of hidden gems I couldn’t help it; they Interrupted Honeymoon looked so good that I went and bought them all I shall post a short review after reading each one No doubt it will take me several months to get through all of them Hopefully I will find some classic authors from across the ages that I may not have come across had I not bought this collection

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In Classics with books from around the world and across many centuries They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan from Tierra del Fuego to 16th century California and the Russian steppe Here are stories lyrical and sava. Night Thoughts AfloatBy bent grassesin a gentle windUnder straight mastI’m alone tonightAnd the stars hangabove the broad plainBut moon’s afloatin this Great RiverOh where’s my nameamong the poetsOfficial rank'Retired for ill health'Drifting driftingwhat am I thanA single gullbetween sky and earthTu Fu 712 770Jan 28 18 Later on my blog Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming lyrical and sava. Night Thoughts AfloatBy bent grassesin a gentle windUnder straight mastI’m alone tonightAnd the stars hangabove the broad plainBut moon’s afloatin this Great RiverOh where’s my nameamong the poetsOfficial rank'Retired for ill health'Drifting driftingwhat am I thanA single gullbetween sky and earthTu Fu 712 770Jan 28 18 Later on my blog