By Charles Chu,Charles Egan
Compiled via a number one pupil of chinese language poetry, Clouds Thick, Whereabouts Unknown is the 1st selection of Chan (Zen) poems to be located inside Chan notion and perform. mixed with beautiful work by way of Charles Chu, the anthology compellingly captures the ideological and literary nuances of works that have been composed, ironically, to "say extra via announcing less," and creates an unprecedented event for readers of all backgrounds.
Clouds Thick, Whereabouts Unknown comprises verse composed through monk-poets of the 8th to the 17th centuries. Their variety levels from the direct vernacular to the evocative and imagistic. Egan's trustworthy and chic translations of poems by way of Han Shan, Guanxiu, and Qiji, between many others, do justice to their perceptions and insights, and his targeted notes and analyses resolve centuries of Chan metaphor and allusion. In those gemstones, monk-poets sign up for mainstream rules on poetic functionality to non secular mirrored image and proselytizing, carving out a special style that got here to persuade generations of poets, critics, and writers.
The simplicity of Chan poetry belies its complicated ideology and complicated language, parts Egan vividly explicates in his non secular and literary critique. His interpretive thoughts let a richer figuring out of Mahayana Buddhism, Chan philosophy, and the rules of chinese language poetry.
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Clouds Thick, Whereabouts Unknown: Poems by Zen Monks of China (Translations from the Asian Classics) by Charles Chu,Charles Egan