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*DIGITAL* How to Read Chinese Poetry (If You Can’t Read Chinese): The Case of Ezra Pound
Ilsley Public Library
In 1915, Ezra Pound published a collection of early “translations” of Chinese poetry that took the poetic world by storm. However, Pound didn’t know a word of Chinese. Middlebury professor Timothy Billings was the first scholar to decipher the manuscripts that Pound used as “cheat sheets” to compose adaptations of Tang Dynasty poetry. Here he shares his discoveries.
Timothy Billings is Professor of English and American Literatures at Middlebury College.Register for this free talk
Partner: Middlebury College and the Mellon Foundation
Riders on horseback; from a wall painting in the tomb of Lou Rui at Taiyuan; Shanxi province; China; dated to the Northern Qi Dynasty (550–577 AD)