Plastic Flute Poems
"Song was Sung" means the Chinese Song dynasty was known as the Sung Dynasty earlier, through the Wade-Giles way of writing out Chinese letters in English. Thus, Song poetry refers to the poetry typical of the Song dynasty of China (960-1279).
Many of the best known Classical Chinese poems, popular also in translation, are by Song dynasty poets, such as Su Shi (Dongpo), Ouyang Xiu, Lu You and Yang Wanli. [WP, "Song poetry"]
Here are some modern adaptations by me. - TK
I could have stopped in Varanasi
A maker of songs is a poet,
The best thinker has a heart of his own.
Of the best of British composers the people hardly know they exist
A deep-going patron of literature and fun said,
By the harmony of sweet lines traditions are handed down,
Ancient Chinese poets interpreted themselves.
Medium minds and great minds too
Some poets sit for hours before they hatch anything.
Giles, Herbert A. tr. Chinese Poetry in English Verse. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1898.
Waley, Arthur, tr. A Hundred and Seventy Chinese Poems and More Translations from the Chinese. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1919.
Waley, Arthur, tr. More Translations from the Chinese. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1919.
Wang, Jiaosheng, tr. The Complete Ci-Poems of Li Qingzhao: A New English Translation. Philadelphia, PA: Sino-Platonic Papers No. 13, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilization, University of Pennsylvania, 1989. —— The Ci is a poetic form, a kind or lyric poetry, and Li Qingzhao excelled in it.
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