The Gem-Glistening Cup
The Gem-Glistening Cup is the second volume of Edwin Cranston's monumental Waka Anthology which carries the story of waka, the classical tradition of Japanese poetry, from its beginnings in ancient song to the sixteenth century. The present volume, which contains almost 1,600 songs and poems, covers the period from the earliest times to 784, and includes many of the finest works in the literatures as well as providing evocative glimpses of the spirit and folkways of early Japanese civilization.
The texts drawn upon for the poems are the ancient chronicles Kojiki, Nihonshoki, and Shoku Nihongi; the fudoki, a set of eighth-century local gazetteers; Man'yoshu, the massive eighth-century compendium of early poetry (about one fourth of that work is included); and the Bussokuseki poems carved on a stone tablet at a temple in Nara. All poems are presented in facing romanization and translation.
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Songs from the Chronicles and Fudoki
Selections from Manyāshū
Consort Yamato 178 Emperor Temmu 178 Princess Ki 179 Mistress
no Hitomaro 188 A Maiden of the Yosami 234 Tajihi no Mahito
Poem Exchanges and Poem Groups of Multiple Composition
The Buddhas Footstone Poems
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