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Clouds thick, whereabouts unknown : poems by Zen monks of China / [translated by] Charles Egan ; illustrations by Charles Chu.

Book Book (©2010.)
Description: xviii, 306 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2010.
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Bunker Hill Community College Stacks PL2658 .E3 C56 2010 (Text to Phone) Available -

  • ISBN: 9780231150385
  • ISBN: 0231150385
  • ISBN: 9780231150392
  • ISBN: 0231150393
  • ISBN: 9780231520980
  • ISBN: 0231520980
Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Historical and religious background -- Chan poetry -- Note on the translations -- Tang Dynasty (618-907) and Five Dynasties (907-960) -- Song Dynasty (960-1279) -- Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) and Ming Dynasty 0368-1644)
Summary: Clouds Thick, Whereabouts Unknown is the first collection of Chan (Zen) poems to be situated within Chan thought and practice. Combined with exquisite paintings by Charles Chu, the anthology compellingly captures the ideological and literary nuances of works that were composed, paradoxically, to "say more by saying less," and creates an unparalleled experience for readers of all backgrounds. Clouds Thick, Whereabouts Unknown includes verse composed by monk-poets of the eighth to the seventeenth centuries. Their style ranges from the direct vernacular to the evocative and imagistic. Egan's faithful and elegant translations of poems by Han Shan, Guanxiu, and Qiji, among many others, do justice to their perceptions and insights, and his detailed notes and analyses unravel centuries of Chan metaphor and allusion. In these gems, monk-poets join mainstream ideas on poetic function to religious reflection and proselytizing, carving out a distinct genre that came to influence generations of poets, critics, and writers. The simplicity of Chan poetry belies its complex ideology and sophisticated language, elements Egan vividly explicates in his religious and literary critique. His interpretive strategies enable a richer understanding of Mahayana Buddhism, Chan philosophy, and the principles of Chinese poetry.
Language: Text in English and Chinese.
Authors: Egan, Charles. (Added Author). Chu, Charles. (Added Author).
Citation: Egan, Charles. "Clouds thick, whereabouts unknown : poems by Zen monks of China." New York : Columbia University Press, ©2010.

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