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Although the consciousness of death is in most cultures very much a part of life, this is perhaps nowhere more true than in Japan, where the approach of death has given rise to a centuries-old tradition of writing jisei, or the "death poem" written in the very last moments of the poet's life. From passionate samurai writings and meditative Zen haiku to the satirical poems of later centuries, hundreds of jisei have been translated into English here, many for the first time. The result is Japanese Death Poems, a moving, powerful collection whose philosophical and aesthetic profundity will give readers pause.

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Hundreds of 'jisei' or death poems translated into English

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Although the consciousness of death is in most cultures very much a part of life, this is perhaps nowhere more true than in Japan, where the approach of death has given rise to a centuries-old tradition of writing jisei, or the "death poem" written in the very last moments of the poet's life. From passionate samurai writins and meditative Zen haiku to the satirical poems of later centuries, Hundreds of jisei have been translated into English here, many for the first time. The result is a moving, powerful collection whose philosophical and aethetic profundity will give readers pause.

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Professor Yoel Hoffman has written several books on Buddhism and comparative philosophy, including The Sound of the One Hand, Radical Zen: the Sayings of Joshu, and The Idea of Self-East and West.

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lauraelik, August 10, 2012 (view all comments by lauraelik)
Hoffman provides a substantial introduction to the history of the haiku and tanka forms, Japanese culture and religion, and views on death and dying. Parts two and three present death poems by Zen monks and haiku poets (respectively) on the verge of death. The poems are translated into English and are accompanied by cultural context and a short biography of each author.

This is both an educational and contemplative little book that inspires great respect for Japanese poetry. The more I read it, the more wisdom and appreciation I glean.
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ISBN:
9780804831796
Other:
Monks, Zen
Author:
Zen Monks
Author:
Hoffmann, Yoel
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Location:
Rutland, Vt.
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Death & Dying
Subject:
Chinese poetry
Subject:
Haiku
Subject:
General
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
haiku; poetry; death poems; japanese poetry; poetry anthology; Japan
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
No Series
Series Volume:
[1]
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 13 oz

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Hundreds of 'jisei' or death poems translated into English
"Synopsis" by , Although the consciousness of death is in most cultures very much a part of life, this is perhaps nowhere more true than in Japan, where the approach of death has given rise to a centuries-old tradition of writing jisei, or the "death poem" written in the very last moments of the poet's life. From passionate samurai writins and meditative Zen haiku to the satirical poems of later centuries, Hundreds of jisei have been translated into English here, many for the first time. The result is a moving, powerful collection whose philosophical and aethetic profundity will give readers pause.
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