By Kenneth Rexroth
It is notable that any Westerner—even so tremendous a poet as Kenneth Rexroth—could have captured in translation rather a lot of the sophisticated essence of vintage jap poetry: the intensity of managed ardour, the austere splendor 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 varieties. 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 creation supplies us simple heritage at the background and nature of jap poetry, that's supplemented through notes at the person poets and an in depth bibliography.
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