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Chinese Poetic Writing by Francois Cheng

Chinese Poetic Writing

Chinese Poetic Writing by Francois Cheng
Mar 14, 2017 | 340 Pages
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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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