Literature & literary studies:

Oh, Let Me Return!

Natures Poets -- Chinese Poetry of Two Millennia



Customer rating

Click to share your rating 0 ratings (0.0/5.0 average) Thanks for your vote!

Share this product

Oh, Let Me Return! by Ha Poong Kim
In stock with supplier

The item is brand new and in-stock in with one of our preferred suppliers. The item will ship from the Mighty Ape warehouse within the timeframe shown below.

Usually ships within 10-14 days


Delivering to:

Estimated arrival:

  • Around 28 Jan to 4 Feb using standard courier delivery
    Unlikely to arrive before Christmas


This collection of nature poems of China includes nearly 250 poems by thirty-three poets over two millennia. Part One provides selections from the two oldest anthologies: the Shi Jing (Classic of Songs) and the Chu Ci (Songs of the South). Included in this part are folk songs of ancient China as well as two long poems by Qu Yuan (340?-278? BCE), the first known poet of China. Part Two begins with Tao Yuanming of the Eastern Jin (317-420), and includes not only the well-known poets of the Tang (618-906) and Song (960-1279) periods, such as Wang Wei, Li Bai, Du Fu, Bai Juyi, Su Shi and Lu You, but also over twenty lesser known poets. Traditionally, there are two genres of nature poems in China: tianyuan shi (field/garden poems) and shan shui shi (mountain/water poems). These poems are often read in light of the Daoist philosophy. However, no philosophical understanding of nature is necessary to appreciate what our nature poets sing. Anyone who has seen Chinese landscape paintings should be able to enjoy it. But most of the poems in this collection are not ordinary lyrical songs but more often than not songs of longing, in which the reader may hear also the life spirits protest against the oppression of human civilisation. In his long poem Oh, Let Me Return, Tao Yuanming is singing his longing for return to nature, away from the net of dust.

Author Biography

Ha Poong Kim, a native of Korea, taught philosophy, both Western and Eastern, at Eastern Illinois University for over twenty years. His most recent works (after retirement) include Joy and Sorrow Songs of Ancient China: A New Translation of Shi Jing Guo Feng; and Reading Lao Tzu: A Companion to the Tao Te Ching, with a New Translation.
Release date NZ
May 9th, 2017
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Sussex Academic Press
Product ID

Customer reviews

Nobody has reviewed this product yet. You could be the first!

Write a Review

Marketplace listings

There are no Marketplace listings available for this product currently.
Already own it? Create a free listing and pay just 9% commission when it sells!

Sell Yours Here

Help & options

  • If you think we've made a mistake or omitted details, please send us your feedback. Send Feedback
  • If you have a question or problem with this product, visit our Help section. Get Help
  • Seen a lower price for this product elsewhere? We'll do our best to beat it. Request a better price
Filed under...

Buy this and earn 231 Banana Points