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Just Living: Poems and Prose by the Japanese Monk Tonna (Translations from the Asian Classics)by Steven D. Carter
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One of the best scholar-translators in the field presents a selection of writings by Tonna (1289--1372), an outstanding medieval Buddhist poet-monk, very little of whose work has been translated until now. Tonna was regarded as the leading Nijo? poet of his day and was known as one of the Four Deva Kings of the Waka. This anthology contains translations of 134 uta, 16 linked-verse couplets, and selections from a prose narrative, "From a Frog at the Bottom of a Well," along with an introduction and explanatory notes, a glossary of important names and places, and a list of sources for the poems.
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Scholar and translator Steven Carter translates the work of lay monk and poet Tonna (1289-1372), who wrote in the Japanese uta form. An introduction discusses the political and cultural environment of the era; the remainder of the volume is devoted to his poems, with some glosses. Includes selections from From a Frog at the Bottom of a Well. Also includes a glossary of names and places, poem sources, and an index of first lines. 5.25x6.25<">.
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The medieval Buddhist poet-monk Tonna (1289--1372) was regarded as the leading poet of his day and a prominent scholar and critic. Despite his commoner status, he was assigned the task of acting as compiler for an imperial anthology of poetry and counted a number of prominent courtiers among his students and patrons. And yet his works, which remained required reading for virtually all serious poets in Japan for five hundred years after his death, have until recently received little scholarly attention in either Japan or the West. This anthology contains translations of 134 of Tonna's uta (the classical poetic form) and 16 linked verse couplets ( renga) from his Grass Hut Collection and selections from a work of prose criticism, From a Frog at the Bottom of a Well, along with an introduction and explanatory notes, a glossary of important names and places, and a list of sources for the poems.
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