By Kenneth Rexroth
It is outstanding that any Westerner—even so high quality a poet as Kenneth Rexroth—could have captured in translation quite a bit of the delicate essence of vintage eastern poetry: the intensity of managed ardour, the austere splendor of favor, 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 provides us easy heritage at the historical past and nature of eastern poetry, that is supplemented by means of notes at the person poets and an intensive bibliography.
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It's outstanding that any Westerner—even so wonderful a poet as Kenneth Rexroth—could have captured in translation lots of the delicate essence of vintage jap poetry: the intensity of managed ardour, the austere beauty of favor, the compressed richness of images. 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.
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