Facing the Moon
Poems of Li Bai and Du Fu
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Poems of Li Bai and Du Fu is a bilingual collection of English and Chinese versions of poetry by Li Bai and Du Fu, the most renowned poets in all of Chinese literature. Translated by Keith Holyoak, this volume includes an introduction to the poets and their work, plus a bibliography. Holyoak's translations capture the essential beauty of the poets’ language, while retaining key elements of the structure of the original poems, including their metric form and rhyme scheme. The poems transport the reader back to the Tang dynasty of 8th-century China, while at the same time conveying timeless insights into the human condition that remain as relevant today as they were centuries ago.