Modern Japanese Tanka

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Tanka, a clasical Japanese verse form like haiku, has experienced a resurgence of interest among twentieth-century poets and readers. Arguably the central genre of Japanese literature, the 31-syllable lyric made up the great majority of Japanese poetry from the ninth to the nineteenth century and was the inspiration for such poetry as haiku and renga. Tanka has begun to attract considerable attention in North America in recent years. Modern Japanese Tanka is the first comprehensive collection available in English.

Tanka retains the aesthetic sensibilities that circumscribe Japanese culture, but just as Japan has changed during this tumultuous century, tanka has undergone equally radical shifts. Responding to artistic and social movements of the West, tanka has incorporated influences ranging from Marxism to Avant-Garde.

Modern Japanese Tanka includes four hundred poems by twenty of Japan's most renowned poets who have made major contributions to the hisotry of tanka in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With his graceful, eloquent translations, Makoto Ueda captures the distinct voices of these individual poets, providing biographical sketches of each as well as transliterating Japanese text below each poem. His introduction gives an excellent overview of the development of tanka in the last one hundred years.

Tracing the contemporary tanka tradition from Yosana Tekkan in the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth-century poetry of such writers as Taware Machi, Modern Japanese Tankselegantly conveys an authentic sense of Japanese lyric to a Western audience.

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Owing to masterful editing and translating by Makoto Ueda, the beauty of the original poetry shines forth throughout this volume.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231104326
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Series: Modern Asian Literature Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

MAKOTO UEDA is Professor of Japanese at Stanford University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Yosano Tekkan (1873-1935) 1
Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) 13
Mori Ogai (1862-1922) 25
Yosano Akiko (1878-1942) 37
Ishikawa Takuboku (1886-1912) 49
Saito Mokichi (1882-1953) 61
Kitahara Hakushu (1885-1942) 73
Shaku Choku (1887-1953) 85
Toki Zenmaro (1885-1980) 97
Okamoto Kanoko (1889-1939) 109
Miyazawa Kenji (1896-1932) 121
Okuma Nobuyuki (1893-1977) 133
Maekawa Samio (1903-1990) 145
Saito Fumi (b. 1909) 157
Miya Shuji (1911-1986) 169
Kondo Yoshimi (b. 1913) 181
Tsukamoto Kunio (b. 1922) 193
Nakajo Fumiko (1922-1954) 205
Sasaki Yukitsuna (b. 1938) 217
Tawara Machi (b. 1962) 229
Selected Bibliography 241
Copyright Acknowledgments 253
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