Friday, January 3, 2003

Lament Of The Frontier Guard Comments

Rating: 2.8
By the North Gate, the wind blows full of sand,
Lonely from the beginning of time until now!
Trees fall, the grass goes yellow with autumn.
I climb the towers and towers

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COMMENTS
Melikhaya Zagagana 06 December 2014
There was an English translation in this before him, and it sounds better than this.
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A Smith 27 September 2017
At least be able to name your sources if you are so determined to miss the point of the artistry of this translation.
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Melikhaya Zagagana 06 December 2014
Its not like Ezra gave this poem a new face, it is the same as Li Po wrote it. I just wonder why he thought i would read better if he wrote it again.
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A Smith 27 September 2017
This has a totally different character to a direct translation from the Chinese. It is brought into the context of the ongoing Great War and benefits from the rhythms and grit of Pound's style.
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Uriah Hamilton 09 August 2005
Isn't it beautiful when a true poet translates another poet, thank you, Ezra!
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