20 dic. 2008


*A.C. Graham. Poems of the Late T'ang. 1965. (2008). 173 pp.

This is very nice translation of some late T'ang poets like Li Ho and Tu Mu, which the New York Review of Books put out in itts "classic" series. Graham was a sinologist with a great ear for English, and his essay on translating Chinese poetry is one of the best of this genre.

Late T'ang poetry is an avant-garde style, basically (to use a Western term anachronistically). It's a trobar clus. Graham starts with some late work of Tu Fu. He leaves out Po Ch I because this poet, belonging chronologically to this period, does not exemplify the strange and beautiful qualities that he want to bring to the forefront.