The Mountain Poems of Meng Hao-Jan

The Mountain Poems of Meng Hao-Jan


the 1st complete flowering of chinese language poetry happened within the illustrious T’ang Dynasty, and at first of this renaissance stands Meng Hao-jan (689-740 c.e.), esteemed elder to an extended line of China’s maximum poets. Deeply inspired through Ch’an (Zen) Buddhism, Meng used to be the 1st to make poetry from the Ch’an perception that deep realizing lies past phrases. the end result was once a strikingly distilled language that opened new internal depths, non-verbal insights, and outright enigma. This made Meng Hao-jan China’s first grasp of the fast imagistic panorama poem that got here to typify historic chinese language poetry. And as a lifelong intimacy with mountains dominates Meng’s paintings, such leading edge poetics made him a preeminent determine within the desolate tract (literally rivers-and-mountains) culture, and that culture is the very center of chinese language poetry.
This is the 1st English translation dedicated to the paintings of Meng Hao-jan. Meng’s poetic descendents respected the knowledge he cultivated as a mountain recluse, and now we can also witness the sagacity they thought of nearly indistinguishable from that of rivers and mountains themselves.

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