Li Bai & Du Fu

Returning to a Chinese tradition that locates poetry at the heart of education, Li Bai & Du Fu: An Advanced Reader of Chinese Language and Literature offers an innovative approach to studying the writings of China’s most revered classical poets. Organized by poet and by themes such as “Moon Poetry,” “Wine Drinking Poetry,” and “War Poetry,” each poem is accompanied by a short essay of analysis and appreciation in contemporary Chinese, which discusses the poem’s linguistic, historical, literary, and philosophical aspects. Together, these poems and essays encourage students to assimilate the subtleties of both contemporary and classical Chinese language. A beautifully arranged audio companion, performed by master voice artist Hong Zhang, brings to life the twenty-six poems.

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Li Bai & Du Fu Audio Sample: Chapter 10 - Asking the Moon, with Wine in Hand (把酒问月)

Now available! The audio companion to Zu-yan Chen's annotated anthology, Li Bai & Du Fu: An Advanced Reader of Chinese Language and Literature.

Here you can listen to a sample poem read by Hong Zhang, a master of voice performance.

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Li Bai & Du Fu (Simplified), Book Preview

This innovative new reader for advanced students provides a selection of poems by these two great masters of Chinese poetry, as well as essays in Chinese discussing the context and significance of the poems. Vocabulary lists help students to master the terminology.