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Chinese Poems

Author:Various

Publication date:2016-08-15

ISBN:1160003200155

Language:English

Abstract:

The initiative of this little book was accidental. One day in the early part of last summer, feeling weary of translating commercial documents, I opened a volume of Chinese poetry that was lying on my desk and listlessly turned over the pages. As I was doing so my eye caught sight of the phrase, 'Re...
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The initiative of this little book was accidental. One day in the early part of last summer, feeling weary of translating commercial documents, I opened a volume of Chinese poetry that was lying on my desk and listlessly turned over the pages. As I was doing so my eye caught sight of the phrase, 'Red rain of peach flowers fell.' That would be refreshing, I said to myself, on such a day as this; and then I went on with my work again. But in the evening I returned to the book of Chinese poetry and made a free translation of the poem in which I had seen the metaphor quoted above. The translation seemed to me and some friends pleasantly readable; so in leisure hours I have translated some more poems and ballads, and these I now venture to publish in this volume, thinking that they may interest readers in other lands, and also call forth criticism that will be useful in preparing a larger volume which I, or some better qualified scholar, may publish hereafter; for it can hardly be said that the field of Chinese poetry has been widely explored by foreign students of the Chinese language.

Book catalogue

  • COPYRIGHT

    1
  • CHINESE POEMS

    2
  • PREFACE

    3
  • CONTENTS

    4
  • A FEW REMARKS ON THE HISTORY AND CONSTRUCTION OF CHINESE POETRY

    5
  • THE TECHNIQUE OF CHINESE POETRY

    6
  • BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES OF A FEW OF THE MORE EMINENT CHINESE POETS

    7
  • CHINESE POEMS

    8
  • Only a Fragrant Spray

    9
  • The River By Night in Spring

    10
  • The Beauty of Snow

    11
  • A Maiden's Reverie

    12
  • A Song of the Marches

    13
  • The Cowherd and the Spinning-Maid[5]

    14
  • The Old Soldier's Return

    15
  • On the Lake near the Western Mountains

    16
  • The Happy Farmer

    17
  • An Old House Unroofed by an Autumn Gale

    18
  • The Lament of the Ladies of the Siang River[7]

    19
  • The Waters of the Mei-Pei

    20
  • The Swallow's Song[17]

    21
  • Farewell to a Comrade

    22
  • Beauty's Fatal Snare[23]

    23
  • A Reverie in a Summer-house

    24
  • The Flower-Seller[27]

    25
  • The Red-Flower Pear-Tree

    26
  • A Song of Princess Tze-Yuh[31]

    27
  • Distaste for Official Life

    28
  • The Fragrant Tree

    29
  • A Song of the Snow

    30
  • The Old Temple among the Mountains

    31
  • A Soldier's Farewell to his Wife

    32
  • The Wanderer's Return

    33
  • The Pleasures of a Simple Life with Nature

    34
  • Listening to the Playing on a Lute in a Boat

    35
  • Reflections on the Past[41]

    36
  • A Lowly Flower

    37
  • On returning to a Country Life

    38
  • The Brevity of Life

    39
  • Conscripts leaving for the Frontier[43]

    40
  • Estimating the Value of a Wife

    41
  • The Lady Lo-Fu

    42
  • An Autumn Evening in the Garden

    43
  • Muh-Lan[45]

    44
  • The Old Fisherman

    45
  • Midnight in the Garden

    46
  • Reflections on the Brevity of Life

    47
  • So-fei gathering Flowers

    48
  • A Farewell[48]

    49
  • The Khwun-ming Lake

    50
  • Reflections

    51
  • Pride and Humility[55]

    52
  • Dwellers in the Peach Stream Valley[57]

    53
  • The Five Sons

    54
  • The Journey Back

    55
  • The Gallant Captain and the Innkeeper's Wife

    56
  • The Lady Chao-Chiün[64]

    57
  • Night on the Lake

    58
  • The Fishermen's Song

    59
  • The Students' Ramble[66]

    60
  • The Priest of T'ien Mountain

    61
  • Maidens By the River-side

    62
  • The Poet-Beggar

    63

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