A illustrated selection of Chinese love poems - both classical and modern.
The three arts of poetry, calligraphy and painting are regarded in China as the Triple Excellence. They are brought together here in a beautifully presented anthology of forty Chinese love poems.
The poetry ranges from the earliest known works in the famous Book of Songs to the work of Chairman Mao and other twentieth-century poets. The subject of all the poems and extracts is love, in all its variations.
In line with the Triple Excellence, each poem is illustrated with a scene from a Chinese painting or print in the collection of the British Museum, as well as specially commissioned calligraphy by the award-winning artist Qu Lei.
Jane Portal’s introduction summarizes the history and development of Chinese poetry, and she provides brief biographical notes on the poets as well as suggestions for further reading.
A highly recommended poetry anthology.
Jane Portal is Matsutaro Shoriki Chair of the Arts of Asia, Oceania and Africa at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is the editor of The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army, author of The Terracotta Warriors and Korea: Art and Archaeology, and co-author of the award-winning British Museum Book of Chinese Art.
Qu Lei is an artist and calligrapher. He is the author of Chinese Calligraphy: Standard script for beginners.