In my old age, I’m rediscovering the poets of my youth thanks to David Hinton’s clearly written, insightful story of classic Chinese poetry’s influence on 20th Century American poetry. Robinson Jeffers! Ezra Pound! William Carlos Williams! Kenneth Rexroth! Gary Snyder! W. S. Merwin! The ancient Chinese recluse poets of “mountain and rivers” persuasion would welcome them and all the other poets discussed in this book with open arms (and undoubtedly with a good deal of wine, as well).
Hinton, one of America’s greatest translators of classic Chinese poetry, demonstrates with attention-getting examples how American poets and poetry benefitted from powerful Chinese influences that filtered into American culture beginning in the last half of the 19th Century. In simple language, he concisely explains the nature of the awe-inspiring Taoist and Ch’an Buddhist concepts that came to dominate the finest poetry and other arts in ancient China and how those concepts found their way into American poetry.
It’s been a very long time since I had a book educate me and entertain me in equal amounts! If you love American poetry, this book is a pleasure and a must-read.
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc (12 July 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611804604
- ISBN-13: 978-1611804607
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 23.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
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