By Kenneth Rexroth
It is amazing that any Westerner—even so wonderful a poet as Kenneth Rexroth—could have captured in translation loads of the sophisticated 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 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 offers us uncomplicated heritage at the background and nature of eastern poetry, that's supplemented through notes at the person poets and an intensive bibliography.
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100 Poems from the Japanese by Kenneth Rexroth