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Chinese Poetic Writings
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Considered the most inovative study of Chinese poetry ever written, Francois Cheng's Chinese Poetic Writing--now in its first expanded, English-language edition--is an essential read for fans and scholars of Chinese literature and the art of poetry in general.

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Francois Cheng is a poet, essayist, novelist, calligrapher, and art historian who has lived in Paris since 1949. Among his books available in English translation are Empty and Full: The Language of Chinese Painting, The Way of Beauty, and the novels The River Below and Green Mountain, White Cloud. In 2002, he became the first person of Asian origin elected to the French Academy. Donald A. Riggs is Teaching Professor of English at Drexel University. He is currently writing entries for the Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters. Jerome P. Seaton is Emeritus Professor of Chinese at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Among his books are The Shambhala Anthology of Chinese Poetry and The Wine of Endless Life: Taoist Drinking Songs from the Yuan Dynasty.

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"Every Anglophone reader interested in the working mechanics behind Chinese poetry will find these texts to be endless resources worth returning to again and again....Chinese Poetic Writing offers a richly informative look at the ordering principles implicit in Chinese language and thought....Although aimed as being introductory in nature, both A Little Primer of Tu Fu and Chinese Poetic Writing nonetheless forefront the presentation of the poem in Chinese characters, clearly emphasizing the importance of the original language in fully understanding any poetry." --Rain Taxi "Cheng's book, L'ecriture poetique chinoise, soon became a classic in the already extensive corpus of French translations of Chinese poetry, and remains a staple of every French sinologist's library...Cheng's work complemented and enhanced a body of French translations...already impressive for both its quantity and diversity."--Paula Varsano "Cheng, writing in 1977, produces a complex and detailed approach to Chinese writing practices that complicates both pictographic and phonological assumptions."--Scott Nygren "My...reaction was astonishment that anyone could accomplish the task [of translation] with such sensitivity and formal tact. Every line, detail and compositional device in the poems that Cheng studies is given its appropriate emphasis and placement, so that not only the individual meaning but the combined significance emerges with clarity and refreshing illumination. This is that rare scholarly work that gives pleasure as well as understanding...a work that represents a definite advance in the study of Chinese poetry."--John Kwan-Terry, World Literature Today

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