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The Selected Poems

Tu Fu

Translated by David Hinton

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Series: Poetica
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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9780856462320
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  • Tu Fu (AD 712–770) is China’s greatest classical poet. He radically altered the poetry of the High T’ang period; in addition to making formal innovations in language and structure, he extended the range of acceptable subject matter to include all aspects of public and private experience, thus becoming in the words of the translator David Hinton, ‘the first complete poetic sensibility in Chinese literature’.

    This edition of The Selected Poems of Tu Fu is the most comprehensive selection of his work available in English. David Hinton conveys the ambiguity and density of the originals in his translations, while retaining a scholar’s devotion to the text. The poems are complemented by the translator’s introduction, notes to the poems and biography of Tu Fu. Together these form a fascinating portrait of a uniquely sensitive spirit during one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history.

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    Tu Fu
    Tu Fu (712–770) hoped to become a career civil servant but failed the examinations. He met Li Po in 744, an influential friendship for him although the poets met again only once. He held some official positions but the whole country was disrupted by the An Lushan Rebellion of 755, and ... read more
    David Hinton
    David Hinton studied Chinese at Cornell University. His many translations of ancient Chinese poetry have earned wide acclaim for creating compelling English poetry that conveys the texture and density of the originals. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as numerous fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts ... read more
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