By Shuichi Kato
A brand new simplified version translated by means of Don Sanderson. the unique three-volume paintings, first released in 1979, has been revised in particular as a unmarried quantity paperback which concentrates at the improvement of eastern literature.
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Extra info for A History of Japanese Literature: From the Manyoshu to Modern Times
So it may well be that grieving beyond measure, And moaning like a bird unmated, He seeks your grave each morn. I see him go, drooping like summer grass, Wander here and there like the evening-star, And waver as a ship wavers in the sea. (Vol. 2, poem 196) This was written on the occasion of the temporary enshrinement of the Princess Asuka and refers to the grief of the husband of the dead princess. The poem is given a kind of flow by the use of colourful vocabulary like 'bird unmated', 'summer grass', 'eveningstar' etc.
She was the aunt of 000 Yakamochi and is said to have exerted an enormous influence on him. She wrote poems of many sorts induding scenic description and elegies, but the overwhelming majority are love poems. These love poems are very revealing of the psychology of a woman in love and at the same time are polished and rich in nuance. One of her best poems is on the theme of a lover who does not keep an assignation: Even if you say, 'I come', times you will not come. ' Why should 1 look for your coming When you say you will not come!
Ki no Okimichi became a master of gagaku and his nephew Ki no Aritsune also made his career in the field of music. -945) was a grandson of Okimichi. He was one of the compilers of the Kokinshii, wrote a Japanese preface to that anthology which was a parody of its Chinese preface and, after serving as Governor of Tosa from 931 to 934, wrote the Tosa nikki (rosa Diary). His position in the aristocracy was never high but, as we shall see later, he contributed more poems (451) to the imperial waki1 anthologies than any other poet, he was the representative waka poet of the ninth century and exerted enormous influence on later generations of poets.
A History of Japanese Literature: From the Manyoshu to Modern Times by Shuichi Kato