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Anthology of Modern Japanese Poetry

Anthology of Modern Japanese Poetry by Edith Marcombe Shiffert
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This collection of modern Japanese poetry presents carefully selected works for Western readers.

The state of Japanese poetry in the twentieth century, its high quality and individuality is clearly shown in this book. The introduction gives a brief, lucid history of poetry in Japan, with the emphasis on modern poetry. The body of the book is taken up with the translation of the work of fortynine widely acclaimed poets: freeverse poets, tanka poets, and haiku poets. At the back are notes giving illuminating biographical and literary information about each poet.

The excellence of the translations and the lucidity of the introduction and notes make the book a treasure for poetry lovers everywhere. Poets include:
  • Kotaro Takamura
  • Yoshiaki Sasazawa
  • Iku Takenaka
  • Saburo Kuroda
  • Shuntaro Tanikawa
  • Mokichi Saito
  • Kuniyo Takayasu
  • Suju Takano
  • Kiyoko Takayanagi
Tuttle Publishing; December 1989
196 pages; ISBN 9781462903665
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Title: Anthology of Modern Japanese Poetry
Author: Edith Marcombe Shiffert; Yuki Sawa