The Late Poems of Wang An-Shih

A choice of poems via the traditional chinese language poet and statesman Wang Ah-Shih, translated by means of David Hinton.

Wang An-shih (1021-1086 C.E.) was once a striking figure―not just one of the nice Sung Dynasty poets, but additionally the main influential and debatable statesman of his time. even supposing Wang had no interest in the grandeur of excessive workplace and political strength, he took the accountability of serving the folks heavily. He rose to develop into top minister, and during this place he instituted a arguable method of significantly egalitarian social reforms to enhance the lives of China’s peasants. as soon as these reforms have been securely in position, Wang retired to a reclusive lifetime of creative and non secular self-cultivation.

It was once after his retirement, working towards Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism and wandering the mountains round his domestic, that Wang An-shih wrote the poems that made his attractiveness. brief and plainspoken, those past due poems comprise profound multitudes–the passing of time, rivers and mountains, silence and Buddhist vacancy. They received him huge acclaim in China and past around the centuries. And in Hinton's breathtaking translations, Wang appears like a huge modern poet with deep ecological perception and a wondering spirit.

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