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The 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.
There 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.




  1. 白氏文集』(白居易の詩文集)元和4年(1618)古活字版
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  2. 『朱文公校昌黎先生文集』(斯道文庫092/ト60/11)元刊本、一部明刊本(14~15世紀刊)
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  3. 『唐宋時賢千家詩選』(斯道文庫091/ト96/3)宋末元初刊本(13世紀後半刊)
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