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  • 1. Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei By Ryan Chapin, Kristen Kirchhoff, Kaitlyn Herman, and Jungjik Park
  • 2. Background Information on the Infamous Wang Wei: • 8th century Tang dynasty poet, painter, and government official • Born in 699 in P'u-chou (the present Fen- yang county in Shansi Province) • In 719, was awarded the highest degree in the examination system, the chin-shih and became Assistant Secretary for Music • By the time of his death in 759, he directed the administration of 12 departments in the ministries of war, justice, and works • After the death of his wife and mother, he withdrew from public society to the solace of his country home at Lan-t'ien along the Wang River. There he often wrote and painted.
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  • 4. Wang Wei’s “Deer Park”:
  • 5. Importance of Imagery in Chinese Poetry
    • Classical Chinese poetry has no general accepted interpretation.
        • It’s a common practice that the images are always associated with imagery in classical Chinese poetry.
    • Since Chinese ancient poetry is famous for being productive of images, the rendering of images becomes the vital point in the translation of classical Chinese poetry.
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  • 7. Deep Forest Hermitage
  • 8. En la Ermita del Parque de los Venados
    • No se ve gente en este monte.
    • Solo se oyen, lejos, voces.
    • Por los ramajes la luz rompe
    • Tendida entre la yerba brilla verde.
    • -Octavio Paz, 1974
  • 9.
    • Empty mountains:
    • no one to be seen.
    • Yet-hear-
    • human sounds and echoes.
    • Returning sunlight
    • enters the dark woods;
    • Again shining
    • on the green moss, above.
    • -Gary Snyder, 1978
  • 10. The Form of the Deer
    • So lone seem the hills; there is no one in sight there.
    • But whence is the echo of voices I hear?
    • The rays of the sunset pierce slanting the forest,
    • And in their reflection green mosses appear.
    • -W.J.B. Fletcher, 1919
  • 11.
    • http://www.linguist.org.cn/doc/uc200703/uc20070310.pdf
    • http://www.textetc.com/workshop/wt-wang-wei-1.html