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Ezra Pound here recreates for the English-speaking world the great poetry of ancient China. The 305 odes of the Classic Anthology are the living tradition of Chinese poetry. Since the fifth century before Christ, they have been as familiar to literate Chinese as the Homeric poems were to the ancient Greeks. Indeed, Confucius held that no man was truly educated until he had Ezra Pound here recreates for the English-speaking world the great poetry of ancient China. The 305 odes of the Classic Anthology are the living tradition of Chinese poetry. Since the fifth century before Christ, they have been as familiar to literate Chinese as the Homeric poems were to the ancient Greeks. Indeed, Confucius held that no man was truly educated until he had studied the odes.


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Ezra Pound here recreates for the English-speaking world the great poetry of ancient China. The 305 odes of the Classic Anthology are the living tradition of Chinese poetry. Since the fifth century before Christ, they have been as familiar to literate Chinese as the Homeric poems were to the ancient Greeks. Indeed, Confucius held that no man was truly educated until he had Ezra Pound here recreates for the English-speaking world the great poetry of ancient China. The 305 odes of the Classic Anthology are the living tradition of Chinese poetry. Since the fifth century before Christ, they have been as familiar to literate Chinese as the Homeric poems were to the ancient Greeks. Indeed, Confucius held that no man was truly educated until he had studied the odes.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    ET

    Accuracy in this "translation" would have meant a different text all together. Though in the end the mental imaginings and serene natural vistas along with quick and paced meter truly makes a joy of this work. I believe pound had a different method of poetic translations. Pound seems to have lived in ancient china, and somehow his ancient manuscript has survived. Poetic translations are much different then say Thomas Taylors translation of Plotinus. The poetry has to FEEL and be SEEN while capturin Accuracy in this "translation" would have meant a different text all together. Though in the end the mental imaginings and serene natural vistas along with quick and paced meter truly makes a joy of this work. I believe pound had a different method of poetic translations. Pound seems to have lived in ancient china, and somehow his ancient manuscript has survived. Poetic translations are much different then say Thomas Taylors translation of Plotinus. The poetry has to FEEL and be SEEN while capturing the tune of the original laungage. Critics of pounds understanding of Chinese should keep this in mind.

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    Fascinating for the culture and historical context, but not an easy read. Some poems are more accessible than others.

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