An Introduction to Japanese Court Poetry
The poetry written by the Japanese imperial court between A.D. 550 and 1350 is one of the great literatures of the world. The present volume, an introduction to that literature, is at once a condensation, a reorganization, and an extension (to A.D. 1500) of Japanese Court Poetry (1961), by the author and Robert H. Brower, the standard treatment of the subject is in English.
The book's five central chapters are devoted to the major court poets and their work; other chapters deal with the forms, assumptions, and themes of court poetry. The author's emphasis throughout is on the human and cultural values of this poetic tradition.
Over 150 poems are included in both transliteration and translation. Many of the translations are joint efforts with Professor Bower; others are new translations by the author. The approach to the poems is essentially critical, and draws on the findings of recent Japanese scholarship.
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ONE Courtly and Human Values i
TWO Forms and Conventions
POUR Major Poets from 686 to 784
FIVE Major Poets from 784 to 11oo
six Major Poets from two to 1241
SEVEN Major Poets from 1241 to 1500
EIGHT Major Themes
Akahito autumn Buddhist celebration century Chinese Chinese poetry choka conception conventions courtiers courtly courtly love darkness Diary of Izumi dream dusk early classical period Emperor Empress Eifuku envoy ethereal beauty experience expression feeling flowers Fujiwara Fushimi Hana Haru heart Hito Hitomaro human imagery imperial anthology imperial collections integrated Izumi Shikibu Japa Japanese court poetry Japanese literature Japanese poetry Kaze Kokoro Komachi kuni Kyogoku-Reizei Lady language lines literary love poems lover man's Man'yoshu Monogatari moon Murasaki Shikibu naka naki naku Narihira nature nese night Okura Otomo palace passion pillow pillow-word poetic poetry matches poets Priest Prince prose reality renga Saigyo Sasanami scene seasonal poems sense sequence Shinto shows Shunzei Shunzei's Daughter SKKS sleeves Sode song speaker spring style suggests symbolic Tale of Genji Tamekane tanka technique Teika theme tion Tosa Diary Tsuki Tsurayuki wind woman words write Yakamochi Yama yugure Yume
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