Li Po Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Poetry Criticism)

CRITICISM

Barricelli, Jean-Pierre. “Nature Images in Leopardi and Li Po.” Tamkang Review XVIII, Nos. 1-4 (Autumn 1987-Summer 1988): 1-10.

Compares Li Po's sensitivity for the natural world with that of the Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi.

Huang, Kuo-pin. “Li Po and Tu Fu: A Comparative Study.” In A Brotherhood in Song: Chinese Poetry and Poetics, edited by Stephen C. Soong. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 1985, 386 p.

Points out that many critics, in comparing Li Po and Tu Fu's works, overlook the fact that Tu Fu was influenced by his older contemporary.

Kroll, Paul W. “Li Po's Inscription for the Great Bell of the Hua-ch’eng Monastery.” T’ang Studies13 (1995): 33-50.

Analysis of the inscription and preface written by Li Po on the bell of the Buddhist Hua-ch’eng Monastery.

———. “Li Po's Rhapsody on the Great P’eng Bird.Journal of Chinese Religions 11 (Fall 1983): 1-17.

Annotated translation and discussion of Li Po's rhapsody on the gigantic bird of Chinese mythology.

Mair, Victor H. “Li Po's Letters in Pursuit of Political Patronage.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 44, No. 1 (June 1984): 123-53.

Examines letters that Li Po wrote in search of political patronage and compares them with similar letters by other well-known T’ang poets to understand Li Po's “peculiarly enchanting and, on the whole, unsuccessful approach to officialdom.”

Waley, Arthur. The Poetry and Career of Li Po. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1950, 123 p.

Study of the social and moral conditions under which Li Po worked. Waley observes that Li Po's work shows him to have been “boastful, callous, dissipated, irresponsible, and untruthful” and well as a drunkard who had little mystical understanding of Taoism and Buddhism.