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by Yang Wan-Li,Jonathan Chaves




Yang Wan-Li (1127–1206) is one of China’s “four masters of Southern Sung poetry.” These poems were written at what could be seen as a low point in Sung history: an invasion by the Jurchens had forced the Sung to flee to the southern city of Hangchow. But they created at Hangchow a refuge of elegant solitude from which they gazed longingly toward the north, and in this quiet setting, they were able to enjoy the beauties of nature. Many of the poems are perfect verbalizations of the magnificent landscape paintings of the Sung painters: misty, ethereal and luminous. The poetry, however, also holds the annoyances of overwork, aching feet, creaking bones and the pleasures of wine, filling it with humanity and a zest for living.

Download Heaven My Blanket, Earth My Pillow: Poems from Sung Dynasty China by Yang Wan-Li (Companions for the Journey) epub
ISBN: 1893996298
ISBN13: 978-1893996298
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Poetry
Author: Yang Wan-Li,Jonathan Chaves
Language: English
Publisher: White Pine Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2004)
Pages: 160 pages
ePUB size: 1790 kb
FB2 size: 1862 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 585
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Kit
This is a delightful, heartfelt volume of poetry from a Chinese minister who is a zen meditator. The images and insights are immediately accessible to the modern reader, and you have the sense of reading modern poetry. But in fact, Wan-li is writing in the 12th cen, two hundred years before Chaucer.
Wan-li has an way of observing intimate moments with humor and delicate compassion. "I see a fly/ warming himself on the windowsill,/ rubbing his legs, enjoying the morning sun./ He seems to know when the light will shift:/ a sudden buzz/ and he's at another window."
He writes about traveling, especially travel by boat as was the mode at the time, and about melancholy after nearly dying of an illness, about astonishing transformations, about how he hates the oppressive hot weather. He shows you impermanence, suffering and the way of nature---all very discreetly, without being difficult or obvious.
He is wonderfully fresh. A great companionable collection of poems. Too bad there aren't more.
Light out of Fildon
Right on brother
Gavinrage
i love it. wonderful calming funny clomping visions of empires random poetically visionary functionary, mule riding, fish flying breathless scrubs of unmutiny, dawn.