Tao Yuan-ming

Tao Yuan-ming was China’s first great lyric poet, and a beloved grandfather figure to the great Tang dynasty poets who followed him: Li Po, Tu Fu, and Wang Wei. Though less well known than his “grandchildren” in the West, Tao may well be China’s greatest and most personally engaging poet.

Enjoying Ourselves Under the Cypresses at the Chou Family Tombs by Tao Yuan-ming – translated by Dan Veach

    A clear wind in the flute, a singing zither Touched by those beneath the cypress trees How could we not find happiness here? Voices idly spinning out new songs Green wine relaxing dear, beloved faces We don’t know what tomorrow has in store More reason then to sing […]