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Yuanming is also known as Tao Qian and as T'ao Ch'ien.
Yuanming is from the Six Dynasties period (c. 220 – 589), the
period just prior to the Tang Dynasty, the “Golden Age” of
Chinese literature. He is the most highly regarded poet prior
Tang era, a fact that Tang poet Li Bai uses in his wine poems
, Two Poems Written As Parting Gifts.
(old English term for China) was the poet Ezra Pound’s first
publication. Based on the notes of Ernest Fenollosa given to
by his widow to complete, the resulting poems were loose
translations, the young Pound being the major creative force in the
17 poems published in 1915. These poems would inspire others
translate Chinese poetry from the rich Tang era.
The Cathay poems have had
a major impact on Western poetry, Ezra Pound demonstrating a
simplicity in wordage and focus that would define the Imagist
movement in poetry, and usher-in the modern era.
Another wine poem
from Pound's Cathay is The
River Song by Li Bai.
- S. H. Bass
In the quiet of the morning (Waley)
Shadow, and Spirit (Waley)
"The Unmoving Cloud"
Yuanming (365-427), Chinese poet
verse by Ezra Pound (1885-1972), American poet
springtime," says To-em-mei, "Wet spring in the garden."
clouds have gathered, and gathered,
the rain falls and falls,
eight ply of the heavens
all folded into one darkness,
the wide, flat road stretches out.
stop in my room toward the East, quiet, quiet,
pat my new cask of wine.
friends are estranged, or far distant,
bow my head and stand still.
rain, and the clouds have gathered,
eight ply of the heavens are darkness,
flat land is turned into river.
wine, here is wine!"
drink by my eastern window.
think of talking and man,
no boat, no carriage, approaches.
trees in my east-looking garden
bursting out with new twigs,
try to stir new affection,
men say the sun and moon keep on moving
they can't find a soft seat.
birds flutter to rest in my tree,
I think I have heard them saying,
is not that there are no other men
we like this fellow the best,
however we long to speak
can not know of our sorrow."
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