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Poetry Path: Han Shan

Han Shan

Han Shan, from "Cold Mountain" excerpt

Han Shan is said to have lived on Tiantai Mountain in the Tang Dynasty of China. There are over 300 poems attributed to Han Shan, the earliest of which are compiled and prefaced by Lu Jiuyin. Some speculate that Han Shan was never a single writer, but a collection of works by multiple poets.

Han Shan, from Cold Mountain on location in Battery Park City. Photo By Daniel Terna

Photo By Daniel Terna

Han Shan, “Cold Mountain #28,” translated by David Hinton, from Mountain Home: The Wilderness Poetry of Ancient China. Copyright © 2005 by David Hinton. Used by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.

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