Women Poets of Japan

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Kenneth Rexroth, Ikuko Atsumi
New Directions Publishing, 1977 - Biography & Autobiography - 184 pages
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In this collection (originally published by The Seabury Press in 1977 as The Burning Heart, Kenneth Rexroth and Ikuko Atsumi have assembled representative works of seventy-seven poets. Staring with the Classical Period (645-1604 A.D.), characterized by the wanka and tanka styles, followed by haiku poets of the Tokugawa period (to 1867), the subsequent modern tanka and haiku poets, and including the contemporary school of free verse Women Poets of Japan records twelve hundred years of poetic accomplishment. Included are biographical notes on the individual poets, an essay on Japanese women and literature, and a table of historical periods."
  

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A great introduction to women poets of Japan which includes mini- bios for each poet and a wealth of historical information in a short essay at the back: I highly recommend this to someone looking for ... Read full review

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eh. read '100 *more* poems from the japanese' instead. Read full review

Contents

Empress Jito 645702
6
Lady Kii 8th Century
12
Shirome 10th Century
19
Sei Shonagon 10th Century
25
Lady Sagami llth Century
34
Shizuka 12th Century
40
AbutsuNi 12091283
45
Imaizumi SogetsuNi ?1804
58
Yagi Mikajo 1924
84
Yosano Akiko 18781942
87
Ibaragi Noriko 1926
100
Yoshihara Sachiko 1932
118
Nishi Junko ?
132
The Women Poets of JapanA Brief Survey
161
Table of Japanese Historical Periods
183
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Goto Miyoko 1898
71

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About the author (1977)

Kenneth Rexroth was born in South Bend, Indiana, and worked at a wide variety of jobs, being largely self-educated. In the late 1950s, he won a number of awards, including an Amy Lowell Travelling Fellowship, the Shelley Memorial Award, and a National Institute of Arts and Letters Literature Award. He translated widely, mainly from the Japanese, and wrote a lively account of his life, An Autobiographical Novel. His work influenced many younger poets, such as Snyder, and continued in part the traditions of imagism and objectivism. A critic as well as a poet, his collections of essays include American Poetry in the Twentieth Century (1971) and Communalism: From Its Origins to the Twentieth Century (1975).

Poet-essayistKenneth Rexroth(1905-1982) was a high-school dropout, disillusioned ex-Communist, pacifist, anarchist, rock-climber, critic and translator, mentor, Catholic-Buddhist spiritualist and a prominent figure of San Francisco's Beat scene. He is regarded as a central figure of the San Francisco Renaissance and is among the first American poets to explore traditional Japanese forms such as the haiku.

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