Frontier Taiwan by Michelle Yeh

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Taiwan has evolved dramatically from a little-known island to an internationally acclaimed economic miracle and thriving democracy. The history of modern Taiwanese poetry parallels and tells the story of this transformation from periphery to frontier. Containing translations of nearly 400 poems from 50 poets spanning the entire twentieth century, this anthology reveals Taiwan in a broad spectrum of themes, forms, and styles: from lyrical meditation to political satire, haiku to concrete poetry, surrealism to postmodernism. The in-depth introduction outlines the development of modern poetry in the unique historical and cultural context of Taiwan. Comprehensive in both depth and scope, Frontier Taiwan beautifully captures the achievements of the nation's modern poetic traditions.
 

About Michelle Yeh

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Michelle Yeh is professor of Chinese at the University of California, Davis. N. G. D. Malmqvist is professor emeritus and member of the Swedish Academy in Stockholm.
 
Published May 29, 2012 by Columbia University Press. 513 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Taiwan was returned to China at the end of WWII, and the government moved to purge Japanese elements from the language, with only partial success, but the Modern Poetry, Blue Star and Epoch poetry societies of the early '50s were made up of Chinese-speaking and -writing émigrés.

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