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This anthology brings togethere in convenient form a rich selection of Japanese poetry in traditional genres dating back from the earliest times to the twentieth century. With more than 1,100 poems, it is the most varied and comprehensive selection of traditional Japanese poetry now available in English.

Ezra Pound called poetry “the most concentrated form of verbal expression,” and the great poets of Japan wrote poems as charged and compressed as poems can be. The Japanese language, with its few consonates and even fewer vowels, did not lend itself to expansive forms, making small seem better and perhaps more powerful. There is also the historical context in which Japanese poetry developed—the highly refined society of the early courts of Nara and Kyoto. In this setting, poetry came to be used as much for communication between lovers and friends as for artistic expression, and a tradition of cryptic statement evolved, with notes passed from sleeve to sleeve or conundrums exchanged furtively in the night.

Add to this the high sense of decorum that dominated court society for centuries, and you have the conditions that led to the development of the classical uta

(also referred to as tanka

or waka

), the thrity-one-syllable form that acts as the foundation for virtually all poetry written in Japanese between 850 and 1900.

In choosing poems, the compiler has given priority to authors and works gnerally acknowledged as of great artistic and/or historical importance by Japanese scholars. For this reason, major poets such as Kakinomoto no Hitomaro, Izumi Shikibu, Saigyo, and Matsuo Basho are particualarly important collections such as Man’yoshu, Kokinshu, and Shin kokinshu. In addtion, the volume also contains samplings from genres such as the poetic diary, linked verse, Chinese forms, and comic verse.

Synopsis:

This anthology brings together in convenient form a rich selection of Japanese poetry in traditional genres dating from the earliest times to the 20th century. With more than 1,100 poems, it is the most varied and comprehensive selection of traditional Japanese poetry now available in English. A romanized Japanese text accompanies each poem, and the book is illustrated with 20 line drawings.

Synopsis:

This anthology brings together in convenient form a rich selection of Japanese poetry (more than 1,100 poems) in traditional genres. A collection of translations of Japanese poetry ranging from choka of the early court to twentieth-century waka. Carter includes all the extras: transliterations of the original texts, notes on significant but untranslatable rhetorical devices, information on allusions, and tables that allow the reader to look up the source of the original Japanese text of the 1,157 poems translated.

Synopsis:

This book provides a rich selection of Japanese poetry (more than 1,100 poems) in traditional genres dating from the earliest times to the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804722124
Editor:
Carter, Steven D.
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Translator:
Carter, Steven
Editor:
Carter, Steven D.
Author:
Carter, Steven D.
Author:
Carter, Steven
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Asian - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Japanese poetry
Subject:
South & Southeast Asian *
Subject:
Japanese poetry -- Translations into English.
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19930431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
26 half-tones
Pages:
536
Dimensions:
8.98x6.03x1.18 in. 1.60 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by ,
This anthology brings together in convenient form a rich selection of Japanese poetry in traditional genres dating from the earliest times to the 20th century. With more than 1,100 poems, it is the most varied and comprehensive selection of traditional Japanese poetry now available in English. A romanized Japanese text accompanies each poem, and the book is illustrated with 20 line drawings.
"Synopsis" by , This anthology brings together in convenient form a rich selection of Japanese poetry (more than 1,100 poems) in traditional genres. A collection of translations of Japanese poetry ranging from choka of the early court to twentieth-century waka. Carter includes all the extras: transliterations of the original texts, notes on significant but untranslatable rhetorical devices, information on allusions, and tables that allow the reader to look up the source of the original Japanese text of the 1,157 poems translated.
"Synopsis" by , This book provides a rich selection of Japanese poetry (more than 1,100 poems) in traditional genres dating from the earliest times to the twentieth century.
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