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The Republican period 19191949 witnessed an outpouring of poetry in a form and style new to China written in the common peoples language baihua plain speech. The New Poetry broke with the centuries-old tradition of classical poetry and its intricate forms. The Flowering of Modern Chinese Poetry pres- ents English translations of over 250 poems by fty poets including a rich selection of poetry by women writers. The anthology provides a nuanced picture of the astonishingly rapid development of vernacular verse in China from its emergence dur- ing the May Fourth Movement through the years of the Japanese invasion to the Communist vic- tory in the Civil War in 1949. Michel Hockx intro- duces the historical and literary contexts of the various schools of vernacular poetry that devel- oped throughout the period characterized as those of the pioneers formalists symbolists soldiers and peasants poets and Shanghai Poets of the late 1940s. Each selection of verse begins with a biographical sketch of the authors life and literary career including their roles in the Civil War and the resistance to the Japanese occupation. Introducing English readers to master poets who are virtually unknown to Western audiences this anthology presents a collection of verse written in an age of struggle that attests to the courage sensitivity and imagination of the Chinese people. Herbert Batt taught English in China for eight years and has translated several collections of modern Chinese ction. Sheldon Zitner 19242005 taught English litera- ture at the University of Toronto and is the author of several volumes of poetry including Before We Had Words and The Asparagus Feast. 2 0 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 6 P O E T R Y A S I A N S T U D I E S The Flowering of Modern Chinese Poetry An Anthology of Verse from the Republican Period translated by herbert batt and sheldon zitner Introductions by Michel Hockx A collection of early twentieth century vernacular poetry that foreshadows the emergence of the modern Chinese nation. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S September 2016 978-0-7735-4766-7 32.95A CDN 32.95A US 24.99 paper 978-0-7735-4765-0 110.00S CDN 110.00S US 84.00 cloth 6 x 9 456pp Ebook available