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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User Review  - Holly - Goodreads

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

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User Review  - Regan - Goodreads

It's a good selection, but it is very small. I'd borrow this from a library rather than buy it just because you only get three or four poems by a single author. Read full review


Empress Jito 645702
Lady Kii 8th Century
Shirome 10th Century
Sei Shonagon 10th Century
Lady Sagami llth Century
Shizuka 12th Century
AbutsuNi 12091283
Imaizumi SogetsuNi ?1804
Yagi Mikajo 1924
Yosano Akiko 18781942
Ibaragi Noriko 1926
Yoshihara Sachiko 1932
Nishi Junko ?
The Women Poets of JapanA Brief Survey
Table of Japanese Historical Periods

Goto Miyoko 1898

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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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