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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensual plum blossoms everywhere!, August 9, 2001
This review is from: Complete Poems (Paperback)
I bought this book in 1983 and it has stayed in my permanent collection of books. It is some of the most sensuous and vibrant poetry I have ever come upon. The poetry conveys the despair, hope and longing that the poet lives with in her life of waiting for love while at court. "The Wu-Tung Tree" is one of the most beautiful poems that I know. The biography of Li Ching-Chao is not only informative, but nicely written.and the notes to the poems give the reader a greater sense of some of the symbolism and cultural significance of tunes and imagery.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vignettes Imbued with the Fleeting Nature of Life, September 24, 2011
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This review is from: Complete Poems (Paperback)
In about 1985, while I was a student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, a fellow student in one of my writing classes gave me the beautiful hardbound edition of this book. It remains a treasured item among the limited number of books I have kept through many moves over the past 27 years. These poems are vignettes that chronicle a woman's life , describing, at first, youth and love and later absence and loneliness, the society and politics of her time, and finally old age. And "vignette," which refers to a thought concise enough to be written on a grape leaf, is an appropriate appellation: many of the poems are infused with plum blossoms and wine and, occasionally, hangovers. The best of this writing transcends boundaries of geography, culture and time. Consider these lines from "Written by Chance."

Fifteen years ago, beneath moonlight and flowers,
I walked with you.
We composed flower-viewing poems together.
Tonight the moonlight and flowers are just the same
But how can I ever hold in my arms the same love.

Li Ching Chao--and Kenneth Rexroth's translations--beautifully capture the sense that our time here is fleeting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great poet, January 3, 2007
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Li Qingzhao was a supremely talented poet of the Sung dynasty period of China. She broke taboos concerning women writers by writing openly and creatively over a wide range of topics, both personal and social. She is revered in China today as being perhaps the greatest woman poet in Chinese history. It is enchanting to read her complete works and discover her recurring use of motifs and symbolism. Her voice is very feminine and very passionate but also very humble. It gives a glimpse of how women were expected to behave in Confucian society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Li Ching-Chao - poet, September 12, 2009
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This is an outstanding collections of translations from the Chinese by a well-known poet (Kenneth Rexroth) and (in the U.S. at least) a lesser-known Chinese poet: Ling Chung. At the end of the collection there is a good, if brief, biography of Li by Ling Chung.

The poems read well in English even though some of them have a definite "Rexroth feel" to them. This is not meant to take anything away from the translations or the translators. Anyone who makes the attempt to translate from one incomensurate language (English) to another (Chinese) has his/her work cut out for them.

This small book certainly has a place in the library of anyone who has even a passing interest in Asian poetry in general and Chinese poetry in particular.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived, September 9, 2013
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The book is in very good shape. I appreciate having this book. Haeven't had time to read it as yet.
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Complete Poems by Li Chʻing-chao (Paperback - January 17, 1980)
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