Cold Mountain Poems by Han-Shan

By Han-Shan

In 1953, Gary Snyder lower back to the Bay region and, at age 23, enrolled in graduate college on the college of California, Berkeley, to review Asian languages and tradition. He intensified his examine of chinese language and jap, and taking over the problem of 1 of his professors, Chen Shih-hsiang, he started to paintings on translating a principally unknown poet by means of the identify of Han Shan, a author with whom the professor idea Snyder may well suppose a unique affinity. the consequences have been magical. As Patrick Murphy famous, "These poems are anything greater than translations accurately simply because Snyder renders them as a melding of Han Shan's chinese language Ch'an Buddhist mountain spirit trickster mentality and Snyder's personal mountain desolate tract meditation and exertions activities." The suite of 24 poems was once released within the 1958 factor of The Evergreen Review, and the occupation of 1 of America's maximum poets was once launched.

In 1972, Press-22 issued a stunning variation of those poems written out through hand in italic via Michael McPherson. we're doing a brand new augments version according to the outdated, with a brand new layout, a preface through Lu Ch'iu-yin, and an afterword by means of Mr. Snyder the place he discusses how he got here to this paintings and what it intended to his improvement as a author and Buddhist.

On may possibly eleven, 2012, for the Stronach Memorial Lecture on the collage of California, greater than fifty years after his days there as a pupil, Snyder provided a public lecture reflecting on chinese language poetry, Han Shan, and his carrying on with paintings as a poet and translator. This awesome party was once recorded and we're together with a CD of it in our version, making this the main definitive version of Cold Mountain Poems ever released.

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Indd 46 11/19/13 11:44 AM This Is No Case of Petty Right or Wrong 47 Beside my hate for one fat patriot My hatred of the Kaiser is love true: — A kind of god he is, banging a gong. But I have not to choose between the two, Or between justice and injustice. indd 47 11/19/13 11:44 AM 48 Edward Thomas Than in the storm smoking along the wind Athwart the wood. Two witches’ cauldrons roar. From one the weather shall rise clear and gay; Out of the other an England beautiful And like her mother that died yesterday.

Indd 43 11/19/13 11:44 AM 44 Edward Thomas This Spring it is too late; the swift has come, ‘Twas a hot day for carrying them up: Better they will never warm me, though they must Light several Winters’ fires. indd 44 11/19/13 11:44 AM Fifty Faggots 45 Foresee or more control than robin and wren. indd 45 11/19/13 11:44 AM This Is No Case of Petty Right or Wrong Edward Thomas This is no case of petty right or wrong That politicians or philosophers Can judge. I hate not Germans, not grow hot With love of Englishmen, to please newspapers.

Indd 55 11/19/13 11:44 AM 56 Edward Thomas Then at the inn I had food, fire, and rest, Knowing how hungry, cold, and tired was I. indd 56 11/19/13 11:44 AM 57 The Owl But one telling me plain what I escaped And others could not, that night, as in I went. ❖❖❖ And salted was my food, and my repose, Salted and sobered, too, by the bird’s voice Speaking for all who lay under the stars, Soldiers and poor, unable to rejoice. indd 59 11/19/13 11:44 AM When First Edward Thomas When first I came here I had hope, Hope for I knew not what.

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