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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsThe fourth category we look at is poetry collections by individual Chinese poets. Bai Juyi was by far the most popular Chinese poet in Japan during the Heian period (794-1185). His collected works, Hakushi bunshū (1), continued to be read by Zen monks during the medieval period, but they were never published, which suggests that the demand for his works was lower than for other poets such as Du Fu, Su Shi, and Huang Tingjian. Among the Tang poets whose works were published as Gozan-ban editions are Han Yu (768-824) and Liu Zongyuan (773-819). The collected poems of various other poets from the Song, Jin, and Yuan dynasties were also printed, read, or used as sourcebooks for producing encyclopedias and commentaries.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 secondsThere is the Collected Writings of Han Yu(2), the poetry collection of Han Yu. This was produced in China. Here you can see the Japanese Zen temple's name. Here is the Tang Song shi xian qian jia shi xuan(3). A collection of Tang and Song poetry organized by content. It also contains a section of the Xin xuanji which I will introduce later.

Featured Texts 4: Other collections of Chinese poetry

The fourth category we look at is poetry collections by individual Chinese poets, such as Bai Juyi (772-846), Han Yu (768-824) and Zongyuan (773-819). Watch Prof.Horikawa introduce 2 examples.

Keio University books introduced in the video:

  1. Hakushi bunshū (Ch. Baishi wenji) (The collected works of Bai Juyi), Gen’na 4 (1618) old-movable-type
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  2. Zhu Wengong jiao Changli xiansheng wenji (J. Shubunkōkō shōreisensei bunshū, The Collected Writings of Han Yu, Annotated by Zhu Xi), Yuan-period edition (some volumes from the Ming-period), 14th-15th c.
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  3. Tang Song shi xian qian jia shi xuan (J. Tōsōjiken senkashisen, Selected Poems by One Thousand Excellent Poets of the Tang and Song Dynasties), Late Song-early Ming edition, second half of the 13th c.
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