A Shawl of Mist: Tanka: Expressing the Modern Soul in an Ancient Poetic Style

A Shawl of Mist: Tanka: Expressing the Modern Soul in an Ancient Poetic Style

by Yukiko Inoue-Smith
     
 

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The concept of a universal human nature suggests that American scholars and American readers of Japanese literature may interpret the elements in Japanese tanka based on emotions — and on meanings attached to natural images — that are common to all of humanity. It is hoped that readers will experience this ancient style of Japanese poetry in such a way

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The concept of a universal human nature suggests that American scholars and American readers of Japanese literature may interpret the elements in Japanese tanka based on emotions — and on meanings attached to natural images — that are common to all of humanity. It is hoped that readers will experience this ancient style of Japanese poetry in such a way that they are inspired to write their own tanka poems. Such is one of the purposes of A Shawl of Mist. Another purpose of this book is to share essays written to accompany and complement the tanka poems. The short essays included here provide practical thoughts based on the author’s long years of personal and professional experiences — studying, reading, teaching, thinking, and especially, cherishing each day of living — in Japan, the United States, and Guam.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761859055
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
06/07/2012
Pages:
158
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Yukiko Inoue-Smith, Ph.D., has been a member of the faculty of the School of Education at the University of Guam since 1997. Inoue has been extensively involved in work with tanka, which is Japan’s oldest and most esteemed poetry genre. Inoue is a professor of educational psychology and research, and considers poetry an equally important element of her life’s work.

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