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ONE HUNDRED POETS, ONE POEM EACH: A TRANSLATION OF THE OGURA HYAKUNIN ISSHU, McMillan, Peter
1 McMillan, Peter ONE HUNDRED POETS, ONE POEM EACH: A TRANSLATION OF THE OGURA HYAKUNIN ISSHU
Columbia University Press 2010 0231143990 / 9780231143998 Paperback As New 
The Ogura Hyakunin Isshu is one of Japan's most quoted and illustrated work s, as influential to the development of Japanese literary traditions as The Tale of Genji and The Tales of Ise. The text is an anthology of one hundre d waka poems, each written by a different poet from the seventh to the midd le of the thirteenth century, which is when Fujiwara no Teika, a renowned p oet and scholar, assembled the collection. The book features poems by high- ranking court officials and members of the imperial family, and despite the ir similarity in composition, they involve a wide range of emotions, imager y, and themes, from frost settling on a bridge of magpie wings to the conti nuity of the imperial line. Peter McMillan's poetic translation captures the original emotions of these poems. They are accompanied by calligraphic versions in Japanese and line drawings depicting the individual poets, while explanatory notes place the poems in context. An appendix includes both the poems' Japanese and romanized versions, making this edition of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu both a superior introduction to Japan and its special lyric tradition and an excellent textbook for the study of Japanese language and literature. 
Price: 6000.00 JPY
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THE KANTOCLES: SONGS FROM THE ATOMIC AISLES, Mosdell, Chris
2 Mosdell, Chris THE KANTOCLES: SONGS FROM THE ATOMIC AISLES
Edokko Editions 2013 0615613853 / 9780615613857 Hardcover As New 

Price: 3300.00 JPY
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3 N/A LIKE UNDERGROUND WATER : THE POETRY OF MID-TWENTIETH CENTURY JAPAN
Copper Canyon Press 1995 1556591039 / 9781556591037 First Paperback Near Fine 
a wonderful tight clean copy, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. Covering 80 poets and 240 poems, this comprehensive volume spans the decade before World War II, when surrealist poets dominated, to poets born in 1939 and thus touched by the war. They were influenced by French symbolists, American beats, and other Western poets but always followed their own voice, which usually rebelled against strict Japanese devices (tanka, haiku, waka), and experimented with ambiguities and forms. The effective translations by English professors suggest a Western sensibility. Unfortunately, the poets are presented in strictly chronological order, so their one-paragraph biographies do not help to group them by movement, style, or influences. 
Price: 800.00 JPY
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