Tales from Old Japanese Dramas

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G.P. Putnam, 1915 - Japanese drama - 403 pages

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Page 103 - ... To my joy he gave some signs of life ; I contrived to carry him with my one arm toward a rock which offered a sort of shelter, and then I laid myself by his side, wrapping my cloak round us both.
Page 255 - Oh, as to that you may be sure, king, or no king, I shall alter none of my ways for him." " Good. Now I have a favour to ask of you; it is that you will to-day look smilingly on the fool Morand.
Page 203 - ... cause him to fall into more ruthless hands. So partly out of compassion, and partly for the sake of his own reputation, he resolved to carry out his first purpose. Atsumori submitted to his fate with heroic courage, while Naozane, overwhelmed with bitter remorse, vowed never more to bear arms, but to forsake the world and spend the remainder of his days in praying for the soul of the fair youth whose life he had so unwillingly taken. He restored to Atsumori's father the head and the other spoils...
Page 86 - protected on one side by a river, and on the other three by a deep ditch which was filled by the tide.
Page xviii - They have a well-marked movement of plot from the opening scene up to the final catastrophe; and they abound in highly dramatic situations and appear designed with a view to spectacular effect.
Page 11 - ... both for good and evil, exerted by the plays of Chikamatsu. Japan has the unenviable reputation of being the only country in the world where double suicide for love almost amounts to an institution. Only recently the public was greatly shocked by the love suicide of one of our greatest men of letters. When a pair of passionate young lovers despair of obtaining their parents...
Page 7 - Province, invented the art of manipulating puppets l to the accompaniment of joruri recitation and samisen music. This marionette show grew rapidly in general favour ; so much so that the Emperor Go-Yozei was pleased to summon the troupe to his palace that their performances might be seen there. Ere long marionette performances were taking place in several quarters of the Imperial capital, attracting large audiences, amongst whom were to be incognito found not a few of the warrior class. Toward the...
Page 13 - Gidayu's retirement from management, which ill-health occasioned three years later, the new theatre prospered nearly as much as the old, but we will now leave the subsequent development of these puppet theatres and proceed to the life and works of Chikamatsu. VII LIFE AND WORKS OF CHIKAMATSU...
Page 16 - ... said), have been written on this subject, the authors including Chikamatsu, Sosuke* and Hanji, but this piece alone holds the boards. Until quite recently it was indeed such a favourite with the public, that any regular theatre, in the event of its audiences falling off, could recapture its patrons by performing one or two acts of this drama. Matsuda Bunkodo, who collaborated with Izumo in Prince...
Page 20 - ... to performing pieces by Yedo dramatists. Hiraga Gennai (1729-1779), whose pseudonym was " Fukuchi Kigai ", was the greatest of the Yedo puppet dramatists. The eldest son of a minor samurai of Shido-ura in Sanuki Province, this ambitious youth bestowed his birthright on his brother and betook himself to Nagasaki, where he studied the Dutch language, botany and physics. Later, in Yedo, he studied Chinese and Japanese classics. He had extraordinary ability and was responsible for several industrial...

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