Cold Mountain: 100 Poems by the Ta̓ng Poet Han-shan

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Columbia University Press, 1962 - Literary Criticism - 122 pages
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This collection is one of the earliest and most important works of Chinese Buddhist poetry and is especially influential in the later literature of the Zen Sect of Buddhism, which looked back to these poems as a classic of Zen literature. The poems cover a wide range of subjects: the conventional lament on the shortness of life, bitter complaints about poverty, avarice, and pride, accounts of the difficulty of official life under a bureaucratic system, attacks on the corrupt Buddhist clergy and the foolish attempts by Taoists to achieve immotal life, and incomparable descriptions of the natural world in a mountain retreat. These poems represent the largest number so far made available in English and are important both as vivid descriptions of the wild mountain scenery in Han-shan's home, Cold Mountain, and as metaphors of the poet's search for spiritual enlightenment and peace.


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Review: Cold Mountain: 100 Poems: By the T'Ang Poet Han-Shan

User Review  - Ed - Goodreads

Very special poems by T'ang poet Han-shan. A nice translation by Burton Watson. Read full review

Review: Cold Mountain: 100 Poems: By the T'Ang Poet Han-Shan

User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

One of my favorite all-time books. I love imagining these poems scratched into the walls of caves by the hermit Han Shan. Beautiful, heartbreaking, soaring. Read full review



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Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

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