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Po Chü-i: Selected Poems

Po Chü-i: Selected Poems
Author: Po Chü-i
ISBN 13: 9780231118392
ISBN 10: 231118392
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: 2000-03-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 172
List Price: $27.00

The T'ang dynasty was the great age of Chinese poetry, and Po Chü-i (772—846) was one of that era's most prolific major poets. His appealing style, marked by deliberate simplicity, won him wide popularity among the Chinese public at large and made him a favorite with readers in Korea and Japan as well. From Po Chü-i's well-preserved corpus — personally compiled and arranged by the poet himself in an edition of seventy-five chapters — the esteemed translator Burton Watson has chosen 128 poems and one short prose piece that exemplify the earthy grace and deceptive simplicity of this master poet.


Unencumbered by heavy scholarly notes and commentary, the book is light and casual; the eloquent and beautiful style of the translations matches Po's style of poetry, which is known for its clarity and simplicity.