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This web site is dedicated to the preservation of the spirit of Tang poetry.

Li Bai and Du Fu

More Tang Poets

Read poems by the greatest masters of Tang poetry translated by Lan Hua

Tang Spirit Archive

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Other Internet Resources

The Adventures of Monkey King

Have you ever heard of the Adventures of Monkey King? A great classic now available in a new translation from Lan Hua

The Gan Yu

Chen Zi'ang is one of the early masters of Tang poetry. Now you can read some of his poems translated for the first time into English by Lan Hua

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Tang Library

One of the reasons we decided to build this site is that there are surpisingly few good sources of information in English online about Tang poetry, beyond the usually Wikipedia entries. It's a pity that our favorite translators of Tang poetry, such as Red Pine and David Young, do not seem to have made any of their work available online. There are other translators of varying quality who have published online, but we have not attempted to include all of their work. And of course, there are vast amounts of Chinese language resources available online and over time we intend to include some of those in our index as well. So this list of resources remains very much a work in progress and please email us if there is anything that you think ought to be included.

Internet resources on Tang poetry and history:

One more thing I should mention. If you go down the path of attempting your own translations (and I truly hope you do, as there is no better way to appreciate Tang poetry than becoming a translator yourself), then I also highly recommend that you pick up a copy of a book called Chinese Through Poetry by Archie Barnes. This way you can not only start to translate but begin to understand the incredible beauty of the Chinese language itself. In a couple of years you may be able to enjoy the poems without need to translate them at all.

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