Chinese Love Poetry
edited and introduced by Jane Portal; illuminated by the artistic brushwork calligraphy of Qu Lei Le
Published 2015 • 6 1/8” x 7 ½” • 96 pages • full-color
ISBN 9781566569965 • paperback • $17.95 •
CLASSICAL AND MODERN CHINESE LOVE POEMS, ILLUSTRATED WITH BRUSHWORK CALLIGRAPHY AND SCENES FROM RARELY EXHIBITED PAINTINGS
The three arts of poetry, calligraphy and painting are regarded in China as the Triple Excellence, and they are brought together here in a beautifully presented anthology of forty Chinese love poems ranging from the earliest known works in the famous Book of Songs to the work of Chairman Mao and other twentieth-century poets, including poignant examples from the high point of Chinese poetry in the Tang dynasty (618–906). The subject of all the poems and extracts is love, in all its variations: the love of husbands and wives, family and friends, times and places as well as courtship, passion and parting.
Selected English translations by respected scholars are each illustrated with a scene from a Chinese painting or print in the collection of the British Museum. Each poem is also illuminated by the artistic brushwork calligraphy of Qu Lei Lei. Jane Portal’s introduction summarizes the history and development of Chinese poetry, and she provides brief biographical notes on the poets as well as suggestions for further reading.
Jane Portal is Matsutaro Shoriki Chair of the Arts of Asia, Oceania and Africa at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is the editor of The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army, author of The Terracotta Warriors and Korea: Art and Archaeology, and co-author of the award-winning British Museum Book of Chinese Art.
Qu Lei Lei is an artist and calligrapher. He is the author of Chinese Calligraphy: Standard Script for Beginners.
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