Click here to read golden Shakespeare’s Sonnet 31.
It is true that Han Shan, who lived on Cold Mountain in the 9th Century AD, is a great nature poet, but he is also a very personal writer, despite his seclusion. To read some of his poems, and more about him, click on these Notes on Han Shan.
I’ve lately been reading Rexroth’s translations of Japanese poetry, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets, and this little essay is an attempt to reflect on the contrasting use of reason and subjectivity in the two poetries. Some of the info on Japanese poetry I believe I also got from translator David Hinton. Click here to read 2 pages comparing Eastern and Western poetry.