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Sailing to Formosa: A Poetic Companion to Taiwan Michelle Yeh

Sailing to Formosa: A Poetic Companion to Taiwan

Michelle Yeh

Published January 12th 2006
ISBN : 9780295985879
Paperback
191 pages
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This bilingual anthology of modern Chinese poetry from and about Taiwan is arranged in thematic sections that present contrasting views of life in Taiwan. The islands dramatic history has given modern Taiwan literature a wealth of conflictingMoreThis bilingual anthology of modern Chinese poetry from and about Taiwan is arranged in thematic sections that present contrasting views of life in Taiwan. The islands dramatic history has given modern Taiwan literature a wealth of conflicting cultural, linguistic, and ideological legacies that continue to shape it. Modern Taiwan poetry draws on the developing modernism of 1920s and 1930s China, the avant-garde movements of modern Europe, and Japans colonial modernism, which itself was inspired by Europe. By all standards, Taiwan has produced some of the best modern poetry in Chinese.The forty-eight poets presented here speak on a host of topics, including family and homeland, memory of war, social justice, and the natural world. Collectively, they paint a complex picture of the trauma, travails, and beauties of life in Taiwan. They represent different generations, display different styles, and express different views and positions.With its variety of poetic voices and facing pages of Chinese and English text, Sailing to Formosa will be enjoyed by readers of foreign literature in English translation and by students of Chinese literature and language.