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If one doesnt know early chinese poetry this is where you start i was entranced with this book i had purchased his 100 poems from the japanese many many ears ago set five poems to music flute and voice and when this book arrived i was tempoted to do the same thing i have seven of david hintons translations and this book equals his. One hundred poems from the chinese is a collection of translations of chinese poetry by kenneth rexroth first published in 1956 the book is in two parts the first contains 35 poems by du fu while the second consists of works by assorted song dynasty poets the book actually contains over one hundred poems. Although i like this book a great deal i like it somewhat less than rexroths earlier anthology one hundred poems from the japanese but this may reflect my greater sympathy with the classical japanese tradition than the classical chinese traditioni concede i speak presumptuously out of great ignorance i know these works only in translation. One hundred poems from the chinese volume 192 of a new directions book author kenneth rexroth translated by kenneth rexroth edition illustrated publisher new directions publishing 1956