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For All My Walking: Free-Verse Haiku of Taneda Santoka with Excerpts from His Diaries (Modern Asian Literature)

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Taneda Santoka's poetry attracted limited notice during his lifetime (1882-1940), but there has been a remarkable upsurge of interest in recent years, both in Japan and abroad. Including 245 poems and selected diary excerpts, For All My Walking makes Santoka's work available to English-speaking readers and students of haiku and Zen Buddhism. In April 1926, Santoka set off on the first of many walking trips, journeys in which he tramped literally thousands of miles through the Japanese country-side. Such journeys were often part of the religious training of Buddhist monks, particularly those of the Zen school. Although Scanoka wrote conventional-style haiku in his youth, the vast majority of his works, and those for which he is most admired, are in free-verse form. He also left a number of diaries in which he frequently recorded the circumstances that led to the composition of a particular poem or group of poems.

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In April 1926, the Japanese poet Taneda Santoka (1882--1940) set off on the first of many walking trips, journeys in which he tramped thousands of miles through the Japanese countryside. These journeys were part of his religious training as a Buddhist monk as well as literary inspiration for his memorable and often painfully moving poems. The works he wrote during this time comprise a record of his quest for spiritual enlightenment.

Although Santoka was master of conventional-style haiku, which he wrote in his youth, the vast majority of his works, and those for which he is most admired, are in free-verse form. He also left a number of diaries in which he frequently recorded the circumstances that had led to the composition of a particular poem or group of poems. In For All My Walking, master translator Burton Watson makes Santoka's life story and literary journeys available to English-speaking readers and students of haiku and Zen Buddhism. He allows us to meet Santoka directly, not by withholding his own opinions but by leaving room for us to form our own. Watson's translations bring across not only the poetry but also the emotional force at the core of the poems.

This volume includes 245 of Santoka's poems and of excerpts from his prose diary, along with a chronology of his life and a compelling introduction that provides historical and biographical context to Taneda Santoka's work.

Synopsis:

Taneda Santoka's poetry attracted limited notice during his lifetime (1882--1940), but there has been a remarkable upsurge of interest in his life and writings. Including 245 poems and selected diary excerpts, "For All My Walking" makes Santoka's work available to English-speaking readers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231125178
Translator:
Watson, Burton
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Translator:
Watson, Burton
Author:
Taneda, Santoka
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Asian - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Modern Asian literature series
Series Volume:
03-090
Publication Date:
20031131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
113
Dimensions:
7.70x6.18x.32 in. .41 lbs.

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Product details 113 pages Columbia University Press - English 9780231125178 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In April 1926, the Japanese poet Taneda Santoka (1882--1940) set off on the first of many walking trips, journeys in which he tramped thousands of miles through the Japanese countryside. These journeys were part of his religious training as a Buddhist monk as well as literary inspiration for his memorable and often painfully moving poems. The works he wrote during this time comprise a record of his quest for spiritual enlightenment.

Although Santoka was master of conventional-style haiku, which he wrote in his youth, the vast majority of his works, and those for which he is most admired, are in free-verse form. He also left a number of diaries in which he frequently recorded the circumstances that had led to the composition of a particular poem or group of poems. In For All My Walking, master translator Burton Watson makes Santoka's life story and literary journeys available to English-speaking readers and students of haiku and Zen Buddhism. He allows us to meet Santoka directly, not by withholding his own opinions but by leaving room for us to form our own. Watson's translations bring across not only the poetry but also the emotional force at the core of the poems.

This volume includes 245 of Santoka's poems and of excerpts from his prose diary, along with a chronology of his life and a compelling introduction that provides historical and biographical context to Taneda Santoka's work.

"Synopsis" by , Taneda Santoka's poetry attracted limited notice during his lifetime (1882--1940), but there has been a remarkable upsurge of interest in his life and writings. Including 245 poems and selected diary excerpts, "For All My Walking" makes Santoka's work available to English-speaking readers.
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