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Book Title: Cold Mountain: 100 Poems|
The author of the book: Han Shan
Edition: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Date of issue: 1962
ISBN 13: 9780224617994
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I have read six books by different translators on the poems of Han-Shah) Cold Mountain, who lived during the Tang Dynasty . This is by far the best of the books I have read.
Burton Watson translated these poems with the careful guidance of Yoshitaka Iriya, who was considered the world's best authorities on colloquial Chinese of the Tang and Song Dynasties.
I have compared a few of the poems in these books with other translators, but mostly I went on how each poem by a certain translator affected me, how it touched or didn't touch my soul, so to speak. This one touched me deeply and next to it I would say that Wandering Poet's.
In Comparing all the books, I can say this: Red Pine's book doesn't have the flow, the spiritual feel, not to me anyway. I struggled to read them. Gary Snyder did a very good job on the 24 that he translated, but well, I am not much of a Gary Snyder fan. Wandering Poet has the spiritual flow, but still something is missing in book.
Here are a few of the translations by Watson:
Above the blossoms sing the orioles:
Kuan kuan, their clear notes.
The girl with a face like jade
Strums to them on her lute.
Never does she tire of play-
Youth is the time for tender thoughts.
When the flowers scatter and the birds fly off
Her tears will fall in the spring wind.
Aah! poverty and sickness,
And me with no friends or relations.
There's never any rice left in the pot,
Dust often collects in the kettle.
A Thatched roof that won't keep out the rain,
A broken-down bed I can halrdy xsqueeze into,
No wonder I've gotten so thin-
This many worries would wear out any man!
People ask the way to Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain? There is no road that goes through.
Even in summer the ice doesn't melt;
Though the sun comes out, the fog is blinding.
How can you hope to get there by aping me?
Your heart and mine are not alike.
If your heart were the same as mind,
Then you could journey to the very center!
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