By Kenneth Rexroth
It is impressive that any Westerner—even so advantageous a poet as Kenneth Rexroth—could have captured in translation a lot of the delicate essence of vintage eastern poetry: the intensity of managed ardour, the austere beauty of fashion, the compressed richness of imagery.
The poems are drawn mainly from the normal Manyoshu, Kokinshu and Hyakunin Isshu collections, yet there also are examplaes of haiku and different later kinds. The sound of the japanese texts i reproduced in Romaji script and the names of the poets within the calligraphy of Ukai Uchiyama. The translator's advent supplies us easy historical past at the background and nature of jap poetry, that is supplemented by means of notes at the person poets and an in depth bibliography.
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