Love Poems from the Japanese
Kenneth Rexroth, Sam Hamill
Shambhala Publications, 2003 - Poetry - 141 pages
Drawn from classical, medieval, and modern sources—including the imperial collections of the Manyoshu and Kokinshu—the poems in this collection are some of the greatest love poems from the Japanese tradition. The poems range in tone from the spiritual longing of an isolated monk to the erotic ecstasy of a court princess—but share the extraordinary simplicity and luminosity of language that marks Kenneth Rexroth's verse style. An introduction by the poet and translator Sam Hamill, the editor of this collection, and short biographies of the poets are included. The Shambhala Library is a series of exquisitely designed and produced cloth editions of the world's spiritual and literary classics, both ancient and modern. Perfect for collecting or as gifts, each volume features a sewn binding, decorative endsheets, and a ribbon marker—a delightful-to-hold 4 ¼ x 6 ¾ trim size.
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Review: Love Poems from the JapaneseUser Review - Enoch Page - Goodreads
Very sensuous haiku and other short forms. not just sensual, but an aire of philosophy about it. Some spoken from the male viewpoint which is why I wanted it, but most pieces voice the female ... Read full review