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Table Of Contents


A Note on the Selections and Some Words of Thanks xxxv

Preface: The Poem Behind the Poem:
Literary Translation as English-Language Poetry

Introduction to Chinese Poetic Form
(as a Function of Yin-Yang Symmetry)
by Chou Ping


(c. 600 bce)
White Moonrise
Fruit Plummets from the Plum Tree
Serene Girl
In the Wilds Is a Dead River-Deer
All the Grasslands Are Yellow
Ripe Millet
I Beg You, Zhongzi
When the Gourd Has Dried Leaves

(fourth–third centuries bce)
from the Dao De Jing

(third century bce)
from Encountering Sorrow

1. “Traveling traveling and still traveling traveling”
2. “Green so green is the river grass”
3. “Green so green are the cypress over the burial mounds”
4. “At today’s great banquet”
5. “A tall tower in the northwest”
6. “I cross the river to pick lotus flowers”
7. “Clear moon pours bright light at night”
8. “Soft and frail is a solitary bamboo”
9. “There is a wonderful tree in the courtyard”
10. “Far and far is the Cowherd Star”
11. “I turn my carriage around to return”
12. “The east wall is tall and long”
13. “I drive my wagon to the east gate”
14. “Day by day the dead are receding”
15. “Man dies within a hundred years”
16. “Chilly, chilly, the year-end clouds darken”
17. “A cold current in early winter”
18. “A traveler came from afar”
19. “Pure and white bright moon”

JIA YI (200–168 bce)
The Owl

LIU XIJUN (late second century bce)

(c. 120 bce)
The East Gate
A Sad Tune
He Waters His Horse Near a Breach in the Long Wall
At Fifteen I Went to War
An Ancient Poem Written for the Wife of Jiao Zhongqing


CAO CAO (155–220)
Watching the Blue Ocean
Song of Bitter Cold

RUAN JI (210–263)
Chanting My Thoughts

FU XUAN (217–278)
To Be a Woman

ZI YE (third–fourth centuries)
Three Songs
Four Seasons Song: Spring
Four Seasons Song: Autumn

LU JI (261–303)
The Art of Writing
1. The Impulse
2. Meditation
3. Process
4. The Joy of Words
9. The Riding Crop
10. Making It New
11. Ordinary and Sublime
18. The Well-Wrought Urn
19. Inspiration
20. Writer’s Block
21. The Power of a Poem

PAN YUE (247–300)
In Memory of My Dead Wife

TAO QIAN (c. 365–427)
Return to My Country Home
Begging for Food
I Stop Drinking
Drinking Alone When It Rains Day After Day
Scolding My Kids
Fire in the Sixth Month in 408 ce
Twenty Poems on Drinking Wine

SU XIAOXIAO (late fifth century)
Emotions on Being Apart
The Song of the West Tomb
To the Tune of “Butterflies Adore Flowers”

BAO ZHAO (c. 414–466)
Variations on “The Weary Road”
On the Departure of Official Fu

BAO LINGHUI (fl. c. 464)
Sending a Book to a Traveler After Making an Inscription

Letting My Feelings Go at the Farewell Banquet

TANG DYNASTY (618–907)

WANG BO (649–676)
On the Wind

HE ZHIZHANG (659–744)

ZHANG RUOXU (c. 660–c. 720)
Spring, River, and Flowers on a Moonlit Night

MENG HAORAN (689–740)
Parting from Wang Wei
Spring Dawn
Spending the Night on Jiande River

WANG CHANGLING (c. 690–c. 756)
Song from the Borders

WANG WAN (693–751)
Stopping at Beigu Mountain

WANG WEI (701–761)
Watching the Hunt
Walking into the Liang Countryside
A Young Lady’s Spring Thoughts
For Someone Far Away
Climbing the City Tower North of the River
Deep South Mountain
Living in the Mountain on an Autumn Night
Drifting on the Lake
Cooling Off
Return to Wang River
Written on a Rainy Autumn Night After Pei Di’s Visit
To Pei Di, While We Are Living Lazily at Wang River
Birds Sing in the Ravine
Sketching Things
The Wang River Sequence
1. Deer Park
2. House Hidden in the Bamboo Grove
3. Luan Family Rapids
4. White Pebble Shoal
5. Lakeside Pavilion
6. Magnolia Basin
Things in a Spring Garden
Answering the Poem Su Left in My Blue Field Mountain Country House, on Visiting and Finding Me Not Home
About Old Age, in Answer to a Poem by Subprefect Zhang
To My Cousin Qiu, Military Supply Official
On Being Demoted and Sent Away to Qizhou
For Zhang, Exiled in Jingzhou, Once Adviser to the Emperor
Seeing Off Prefect Ji Mu as He Leaves Office and Goes East of the River
Winter Night, Writing About My Emotion
Seeing Zu Off at Qizhou
A White Turtle Under a Waterfall
Song of Peach Tree Spring
Sitting Alone on an Autumn Night
Green Creek
Visiting the Mountain Courtyard of the Distinguished Monk Tanxing at Enlightenment Monastery
Questioning a Dream
Weeping for Ying Yao
Suffering from Heat

LI BAI (701–762)
A Song of Zhanggan Village
Grievance at the Jade Stairs
Seeing a Friend Off at Jingmen Ferry
Watching the Waterfall at Lu Mountain
Hearing a Flute on a Spring Night in Luoyang
River Song
I Listen to Jun, a Monk from Shu, Play His Lute
Seeing a Friend Off
Drinking Alone by Moonlight
Seeing Meng Haoran Off to Guangling at the Yellow Crane Tower
Saying Good-bye to Song Zhiti
In Memory of He Zhizhang
Zazen on Jingting Mountain
Questioning in the Mountains
Missing the East Mountains
Having a Good Time by Myself
Drinking Wine with the Hermit in the Mountains
Sent Far Off
Inscription for Summit Temple
Summer Day in the Mountains
Brooding in the Still Night
Singing by Green Water in Autumn
Drunk All Day
Song on Bringing in the Wine
On My Way Down Zhongnan Mountain I Passed by Hermit Fusi’s Place and He Treated Me to Wine While I Spent the Night There
Song of the North Wind
War South of the Great Wall
Hunting Song

CHU GUANGXI (707–c. 760)
Jiangnan Melodies

DU FU (712–770)
Facing Snow
Gazing in Springtime
Ballad of the War Wagons
Moonlit Night
Thinking of My Brothers on a Moonlit Night
Broken Lines
Thoughts While Night Traveling
A Hundred Worries
Standing Alone
To Wei Ba
Dreaming of Li Bai
A Painted Falcon
New Moon
Spring Night Happy About Rain
Brimming Water
River Village
Looking at Mount Tai
Jiang Village
Jade Flower Palace
Newlyweds’ Departure
Old Couple’s Departure
A Homeless Man’s Departure
Song of a Thatched Hut Damaged in Autumn Wind
The Song of a Roped Chicken
Poem to Officer Fang’s Foreign Horse
Qu River
Leaving in My Boat
Guest’s Arrival: Happy About County Governor Cui’s Visit
A Lone Goose
A Traveler’s Night
Five Poems About Historical Sites
On Yueyang Tower
Climbing High
Traveler’s Pavilion

LIU CHANGQING (c. 710–c. 787)
Spending the Night at Hibiscus Mountain When It Was Snowing
To Official Fei on His Demotion to State Ji

JIAO RAN (730–799)
On Lu Jianhong’s Absence During My Visit to Him

MENG JIAO (751–814)
Song of the Homebound Letter
Statement of Feelings in a Shabby Residence on an Autumn Evening
Visiting Zhongnan Mountain
Borrowing a Wagon
After Passing the Highest Imperial Examinations

LADY LIU (mid-eighth century)
To the Tune of “Yangliuzhi”

ZHANG JI (mid-eighth century)
Moored by the Maple Bridge at Night

HAN YU (768–824)
Mountain Rocks
Losing My Teeth
Listening to Yinshi Play His Instrument
Poem to Commander Zhang at the Meeting of the Bian and Si Rivers

XUE TAO (768–831)
Seeing a Friend Off
Sending Old Poems to Yuan Zhen
A Spring in Autumn
Spring Gazing
Willow Catkins
Hearing Cicadas

LIU YUXI (772–842)
Mooring at Niuzhu at Dusk
Bamboo Branch Song
Black-Uniform Lane
Looking at Dongting Lake

BAI JUYI (772–846)
Assignment Under the Title “Departure at Ancient Grass Field”
Night Rain
Song of an Evening River
Lament for Peony Flowers
Buying Flowers
Light Fur and Fat Horses
Watching the Reapers
The Old Charcoal Seller
Song of Everlasting Sorrow
Song of the Lute
Seeing Yuan Zhen’s Poem on the Wall at Blue Bridge Inn
On Laziness
On Laozi
Madly Singing in the Mountains
After Getting Drunk, Becoming Sober in the Night
On His Baldness
Old Age
Since I Lay Ill
A Dream of Mountaineering

LIU ZONGYUAN (773–819)
River Snow
Poem to Relatives and Friends in the Capital After Looking at Mountains with Monk Hao Chu
Summer Day
The Caged Eagle

ZHANG JI (c. 776–c. 829)
A Soldier’s Wife Complains
Song of a Virtuous Woman
Arriving at a Fisherman’s House at Night

WU KE (eighth–ninth centuries)
To Cousin Jia Dao in Autumn

JIA DAO (778–841)
Looking for the Hermit and Not Finding Him

YUAN ZHEN (779–831)
When Told Bai Juyi Was Demoted and Sent to Jiangzhou
Late Spring
Petals Falling in the River
Missing Her After Separation

LIU CAICHUN (late eighth–early ninth centuries)
Song of Luogen

LI HE (791–817)
Twenty-three Horse Poems
Shown to My Younger Brother
Speaking My Emotions
Flying Light
Thirteen South Garden Poems
Su Xiaoxiao’s Tomb
Song of Goose Gate Governor
Under the City Wall at Pingcheng
Song of an Old Man’s Jade Rush
A Piece for Magic Strings
An Arrowhead from the Ancient Battlefield of Changping
A Sky Dream

HAN SHAN (late eighth–early ninth centuries)
5. “My heart is the autumn moon”
72. “Pigs eat dead men’s flesh”
87. “Greedy men love to store wealth”
92. “Heaven is endlessly high”
100. “The life and death metaphor”
125. “New rice not yet ripe in the field”
128. “An elegant, poised, and handsome young man”
131. “During thirty years since my birth”
140. “When Mr. Deng was in his youth”
141. “Who was this young man?”
146. “My way passed ancient tombs”
158. “There’s a tree that existed before the woods”
165. “In idleness I go to visit a prominent monk”
194. “A crowd of stars lines up bright in the deep night”
204. “I gaze on myself in the stream’s emerald flow”
210. “Talking about food won’t fill your stomach”
218. “When people meet Han Shan”
225. “The ocean stretches endlessly”
237. “This life is lost in dust”
262. “In this world people live then die”
265. “The hermit escapes the human world”
266. “A word to meat eaters”
307. “Keep Han Shan’s poems in your home”

DU QIUNIANG (early ninth century)
The Coat of Gold Brocade

DU MU (803–852)
Written While Moored on the Qinhuai River
Two Poems Improvised at Qi An County
On Purebright Day
The Han River
Visiting Leyou Park

WEN TINGYUN (812–870)
To the Tune of “The Water Clock Sings at Night”
To the Tune of “Dreaming of the South Side of the River”
To the Tune of “Beautiful Barbarian”

LI SHANGYIN (813–858)
The Patterned Zither
Visiting Leyou Park
Poem Sent as a Letter to the North on a Rainy Night

WEI ZHUANG (836–910)
To the Tune of “Silk-Washing Brook”
To the Tune of “The River City”
To the Tune of “Missing the Emperor’s Hometown”
To the Tune of “Daoist Priestess”

SIKONG TU (837–908)
The Twenty-four Styles of Poetry
The Placid Style
The Potent Style
The Natural Style
The Implicit Style
The Carefree and Wild Style
The Bighearted and Expansive Style
The Flowing Style

YU XUANJI (c. 843–868)
Visiting Chongzhen Temple’s South Tower and Looking Where the Names of Candidates Who Pass the Civil Service Exam Are Posted
To Zian: Missing You at Jianling
A Farewell
Sent in an Orchid Fragrance Letter
Autumn Complaints

QI JI (861–935)
Looking at the Zhurong Peak in a Boat at Twilight

LI JING (916–961)
To the Tune of “Silk-Washing Brook”
To the Tune of “Silk-Washing Brook”

MADAM HUARUI (fl. c. 935)
On the Fall of the Kingdom, to the Tune of “Mulberry-Picking Song”

LI YU (936–978)
To the Tune of “A Bushel of Pearls”
To the Tune of “Bodhisattva Barbarian”
To the Tune of “Clear and Even Music”
To the Tune of “Lost Battle”
To the Tune of “Beauty Yu”
To the Tune of “Crows Cry at Night”
To the Tune of “Crows Cry at Night”

SONG DYNASTY (960–1279)

ANONYMOUS FEMALE POET (uncertain dates)
Drunk Man

SUN DAOXUAN (uncertain dates)
To the Tune of “As in a Dream”
To the Tune of “Longing for Qin e”

LIU YONG (987–1053)
To the Tune of “Phoenix Perched on the Parasol Tree”
To the Tune of “Rain Hits a Bell”
To the Tune of “New Chrysanthemum Flowers”
To the Tune of “Poluomen Song”

FAN ZHONGYAN (989–1052)
To the Tune of “Sumu Veil”
To the Tune of “Imperial Avenue Procession”

MEI YAOCHEN (1002–1060)
Plum Rain
On the Death of a Newborn Child
A Small Village
Reply to Caishu’s “Ancient Temple by a River”
The Potter

OUYANG XIU (1007–1072)
About Myself
To the Tune of “Spring in the Tower of Jade”
The Lamp-wick’s Ashes, Blossoms Droop, the Moon Like Frost
To the Tune of “Spring in the Tower of Jade”
Painting Eyebrows, to the Tune of “Pouring Out Deep Emotions”
Walking Back in Moonlight from Bohdi Trees to the Guanghua Temple
Encouraging Myself
To the Tune of “Butterflies Adore Flowers”
To the Tune of “Mulberry-Picking Song”
Poem in the Jueju Form

WANG ANSHI (1021–1086)
Plums Blossoms
Late Spring, a Poem Improvised at Banshan

SU SHI (SU DONGPO) (1036–1101)
Written on the North Tower Wall After Snow
Written While Living at Dinghui Temple in Huangzhou, to the Tune of “Divination Song”
Written in Response to Ziyou’s Poem About Days in Mianchi
Boating at Night on West Lake
Brushed on the Wall of Xilin Temple
Rain on the Festival of Cold Food
Because of a Typhoon I Stayed at Gold Mountain for Two Days
To the Tune of “Song of the River Town,” a Record of a Dream on the Night of the First Month, Twentieth Day, in the Eighth Year of the Xining Period (1705)
To the Tune of “Prelude to the Water Song”
To the Tune of “Butterflies Adore Flowers”
Recalling the Past at the Red Cliffs, to the Tune of “Charms of Niannu”
Returning to Lingao at Night, to the Tune of “Immortal by the River”

QIN GUAN (1049–1100)
To the Tune of “Magpie Bridge Immortal”

MADAM WEI (fl. c. 1050)
To the Tune of “Bodhisattva Barbarian”
To the Tune of “Bodhisattva Barbarian”
To the Tune of “Attached to Her Skirt”

NIE SHENQIONG (uncertain dates)
To the Tune of “Partridge Sky”

ANONYMOUS (“THE GIRL WHO TOOK THE GOLD CUP”) (early twelfth century)
To the Tune of “Partridge Sky”

ZHOU BANGYAN (1056–1121)
To the Tune of “Rambling Young Man”
To the Tune of “Butterflies Adore Flowers”
Willows, to the Tune of “King of Lanling”

ZHU SHUZHEN (1063–1106)
To the Tune of “Mountain Hawthorn”
To the Tune of “Mountain Hawthorn”
To the Tune of “Washing Creek Sands”
Spring Complaint, to the Tune of “Magnolia Blossoms”
The Song of A-na

ZHU XIZHEN (uncertain dates)
Fisherman, to the Tune of “A Happy Event Draws Near”

LI QINGZHAO (1084–c. 1151)
To the Tune of “Intoxicated in the Shade of Flowers”
To the Tune of “One Blossoming Sprig of Plum”
To the Tune of “Spring at Wu Ling”
To the Tune of “Silk-Washing Brook”
To the Tune of “Dream Song”
To the Tune of “Immortal by the River”
To the Tune of “Lone Wild Goose”
To the Tune of “The Fisherman’s Song”
To the Tune of “Butterflies Adore Blossoms”

LU YOU (1125–1210)
On the Fourth Day of the Eleventh Month During a Windy Rainstorm
Record of Dream, Sent to Shi Bohun, to the Tune of “Night Roaming in the Palace”
Thinking of Going Outside on a Rainy Day
To the Tune of “Phoenix Hairpin”
The Sheng Garden
To My Sons

TANG WAN (uncertain dates)
Tang Wan’s Reply, to the Tune of “Phoenix Hairpin”

YANG WANLI (1127–1206)
Cold Sparrows

XIN QIJI (1140–1207)
Written on a Wall in the Boshan Temple, to the Tune of “Ugly Servant”
The Night of the Lantern Festival, to the Tune of “Green Jade Table”
Village Life, to the Tune of “Clear Peaceful Happiness”

JIANG KUI (1155–1221)
Preface to “Hidden Fragrance” and “Sparse Shadows”
Hidden Fragrance
Sparse Shadows

YAN RUI (fl. c. 1160)
To the Tune of “Song of Divination”

YUAN HAOWEN (1190–1257)
Living in the Mountains
Dreaming of Home
In May of 1233, I Ferried Across to the North

WU WENYING (c. 1200–c. 1260)
Departure, to the Tune of “The Song of Tangduo
To the Tune of “Washing Creek Sands”
To the Tune of “Prelude to Oriole Song”

LIU YIN (1249–1293)
Reading History
Mountain Cottage

YUAN DYNASTY (1280–1367)
ZHENG YUNNIANG (uncertain dates)
The Song of Shoes
To the Tune of “West River Moon”

ZHAO MENGFU (1254–1322)
Guilt at Leaving the Hermit’s Life
Poem in the Jueju Form

MA ZHIYUAN (c. 1260–1334)
To the Tune of “Thinking About Nature”
Autumn Thoughts, to the Tune of “Sky-Clear Sand”
Autumn Thoughts, to the Tune of “Sailing at Night”

GUAN DAOSHENG (1262–1319)
Love Poem
Fisherman’s Song

JIE XISI (1274–1344)
Written on a Cold Night
Fishing Folk
A Portrait of Ducks

SA DUCI (c. 1300–c. 1355)
Shangjing Instant Poems
Autumn Day by a Pond
To a Zheng Player

MING DYNASTY (1368–1644)

ZHANG YU (1333–1385)
Song of the Relay Boats

GAO QI (1336–1374)
Where Is My Sorrow From?
Passing by a Mountain Cottage
Lying Idle While It Rains

SHEN ZHOU (1427–1509)
Inscription for a Painting
Thoughts Sent to a Monk

ZHU YUNMING (1461–1527)
Taking a Nap by a Mountain Window

TANG YIN (1470–1524)
In Reply to Shen Zhou’s Poems on Falling Petals
Boating on Tai Lake

XU ZHENQING (1479–1511)
Written at Wuchang

YANG SHEN (1488–1599)
On Spring

WANG SHIZHEN (1526–1590)
Saying Good-bye to My Young Brother
Climbing Up the Taibai Tower

GAO PANLONG (1562–1626)
Idle in Summer

XIE ZHAOZHE (1567–1624)
Spring Complaints

YUAN HONGDAO (1568–1610)
At Hengtang Ferry

A Dragging Cotton Skirt
The Bento Box
Shooting Star
The Boat
A Boat Trip
A Nun in Her Orchid Chamber Solitude Feels Lust Like a Monster
We’re Only Happy About Tonight

ZHANG DAI (1597–1684)
Ten Scenes of the West Lake: Broken Bridge in Melting Snow

QING DYNASTY (1644–1911)

JI YINHUAI (seventeenth century)
Improvised Scene Poem

WANG WEI (c. 1600–c. 1647)
To the Tune of “Drunk in the Spring Wind”

FENG BAN (1602–1671)
A Poem in Jest

WU WEIYE (1609–1672)
On Meeting an Old Flame, to the Tune of “Immortal by the River”

HUANG ZONGXI (1610–1695)
A Stray Poem Written While Living in the Mountains

QIAN CHENGZHI (1612–1693)
A Stray Poem Written in the Fields

NALANXINDE (1654–1685)
To the Tune of “Endless Longing”
To the Tune of “Washing Creek Sands”
To the Tune of “Bodhisattva Barbarian”
To the Tune of “Mulberry-Picking Song”

WANG JIULING (d. 1710)
Inscription for an Inn

ZHENG XIE (1693–1765)
On Painting Bamboo for Governor Bao in My Office in Wei County
Homecoming Song

YUAN MEI (1716–1798)
A Scene
On the Twelfth Day of the Second Month
An Improvisation
Meeting a Visitor
Sitting Still
Inscription for a Painting
A Poem Sent to Fish Gate
Twenty-two Miscellaneous Poems on the Lake
Temple in the Wild
Mocking Myself for Planting Trees

JIANG SHIQUAN (1725–1785)
A Comment on Wang Shigu’s Painting Portfolio

ZHAO YI (1727–1814)
Reading at Leisure
In a Boat
On Poetry
Poem Composed While Living at Houyuan Garden

WU ZAO (1799–1863)
To the Tune of “Song of Flirtation”
To the Tune of “Beautiful Lady Yu”
Feelings Recollected on Returning from Fahua Mountain on a Wintry Day, to the Tune of “Waves Scour the Sands”
To the Tune of “A Song of the Cave Immortals”
To the Tune of “Clear and Even Music”
To the Tune of “Washing Creek Sands”

QIU JIN (1879–1907)
A Poem Written at Mr. Ishii’s Request and Using the Same Rhymes as His Poem
Letter to Xu Jichen

Ten Narrative Poems
To the Zither Player


MAO ZEDONG (1893–1976)
Tower of the Yellow Crane
Kunlun Mountain
Loushan Pass
Saying Good-bye to the God of Disease
To Guo Moruo

XU ZHIMO (1895–1931)
You Deserve It
Farewell Again to Cambridge

WEN YIDUO (1899–1946)
The Confession
The Heart Beats
Dead Water
The End

LI JINFA (1900–1976)
Abandoned Woman

LIN HUIYIN (1904–1955)
Sitting in Quietude

DAI WANGSHU (1905–1950)
A Chopped-off Finger
A Rainy Lane
Written on a Prison Wall

FENG ZHI (1905–1993)
Sonnet 1. “Our hearts are ready to experience”
Sonnet 2. “Whatever can be shed we jettison”
Sonnet 6. “I often see in the wild meadows”
Sonnet 16. “We stand together on a mountain’s crest”
Sonnet 21. “Listening to the rainstorm and the wind”
Sonnet 23. (On a Puppy)
Sonnet 24. “A thousand years ago this earth”
Sonnet 27. “From freely flowing water, undefined”

AI QING (1910–1996)
Gambling Men

BIAN ZHILIN (1910– )
Entering the Dream
Migratory Birds
Train Station

HE QIFANG (1912–1977)
Shrine to the Earth God

LUO FU (1928– )
Song of Everlasting Regret

BEI DAO (1949– )
Night: Theme and Variations
Ordinary Days
Country Night
A Decade
A Step
Many Years
Sweet Tangerines
A Formal Declaration
Ancient Monastery
The Morning’s Story
Coming Home at Night
Asking the Sky
Delivering Newspapers

DUO DUO (1951– )
Bell Sound
Five Years

SHU TING (1952– )
Two or Three Incidents Recollected
Missing You
Dream of an Island
A Night at the Hotel

YANG LIAN (1955– )
An Ancient Children’s Tale
An Elegy for Poetry
To a Nine-Year-Old Girl Killed in the Massacre

HA JIN (1956– )
Our Words
They Come

Permissions Acknowledgments
Index of Authors
Pinyin Finding List
Wade-Giles Finding List

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