Like Water or Clouds

Kline, A. S. (b.1947), authored/translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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During the brilliant, and tragic, T’ang Dynasty of 8th century China, culture was shaped by the philosophies of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. These formed the backdrop for the era’s eminent poets: Li Bai, Wang Wei, and Du Fu. Like Water or Clouds is a historical and biographical account of these poets, interspersed with fresh translations of their significant works. It underscores the poets’ Taoist-inspired engagement with nature, a theme also prevalent in contemporary T’ang art. This volume presents highly-crafted, translations of their poems within a treatise on Classical China’s poetic zenith.

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Kline, A. S.

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