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July 09, 2008

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I like Wang Ao's poetry a lot, and it's refreshing to see his poems being "mangled" in the English language as I always thought that's close to impossible. I really appreciate your insight on his connection with the Tang tradition, so far he has been widely received in China as a poet who is anything but traditional.

This is a fascinating series of posts. I never gave translation much thought (though I read poems in translation) and now I have an better idea of what it entails. Thank you.

This is an insightful interpretation of Wang Ao’s poetry, especially the poem cited here. It proffers a glimpse of the poetic achievement of the poem’s original Chinese versification, and of its dazzling dexterity in both auditory and visional presentation of “circularity.” Thanks to your apt observation, I have found my appreciation of the poem increased.

Good post.

Great translation and interpretation! And just FYI, there is a typo in the second line of the translation: it should be "does it seem THEY are..." rather than "does it seem there are...".

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