In Praise of Song Poet Su Shi

The Song dynasty was renowned for a less rigid style of poetry than Tang poems, called "prose-poetry" (詞). For a literary comparison of Tang poems and Song prose-poems, here is an excerpt from an essay by Qian Zhongshu (錢鍾書), written primarily as a foreword to C. D. Le Gros Clark’s translation work "Su Tung-po’s Prose-Poems":-

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