By Kenneth Rexroth
It is amazing that any Westerner—even so effective a poet as Kenneth Rexroth—could have captured in translation quite a bit of the sophisticated essence of vintage eastern poetry: the intensity of managed ardour, the austere attractiveness of favor, the compressed richness of imagery.
The poems are drawn mainly from the conventional 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 provides us simple history at the background and nature of jap poetry, that's supplemented by means of notes at the person poets and an intensive bibliography.
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