An Introduction to Japanese Court Poetry
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An Introduction to Japanese Court Poetry

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The poetry written by the Japanese imperial court between A.D. 550 and 1350 is regarded as one of the great literatures of the world. This volume introduces readers to that literature, offering at once a condensation, a reorganization, and an extension (to A.D. 1500) of "Japanese Court Poetry" (1901). (Poetry)
Paperback, 184 pages
Published June 1st 1968 by Stanford University Press
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I was given this book in the late 70's by a friend who knew I was fascinated with Japan, long before I went to visit that country that I still resonate with in many ways. Maybe I wouldn't have gone if it weren't for this book, actually..? Feelings, sacred we have feelings.. This book is about feeling, and I can do no more to review it than to quote a few passages.

"This news I hear,
That you my friend,
are plunged in grief, comes from afar,
But still I must raise my voice in weeping;
Your distant...more
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I love certain types of poetry, especially nature and human emotions so of course I wanted to know more about Japanese court poetry. I already have this fantasy of the Taira period of Japanese culture and I've read and re-read 'Tale of Genji' too many times so when I stumbled upon this book, I had to read more about this period form a historical view.

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Miner is not necessarily the best translator, but he is one of the essential scholars in this field for Western audiences. A really well put together book.
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