The Song Of The Earth

The words of Mahler's song-symphony come not from a 19th-century German Romantic poet, but from more than a millennium earlier and rather further away.

Jonathan Bate, whose book The Song of the Earth explores the relationship between literature and the natural world, reveals the attractions for Mahler of the lyrics of Li Po, the great nature poet and drinker - of the Tang dynasty.

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The words of Mahler's song-symphony come not from a 19th-century German Romantic poet, but from more than a millennium earlier and rather further away.

Jonathan Bate, whose book The Song of the Earth explores the relationship between literature and the natural world, reveals the attractions for Mahler of the lyrics of Li Po, the great nature poet and drinker - of the Tang dynasty.