By Kenneth Rexroth
It is outstanding that any Westerner—even so nice a poet as Kenneth Rexroth—could have captured in translation quite a bit of the delicate essence of vintage jap poetry: the intensity of managed ardour, the austere beauty of favor, the compressed richness of imagery.
The poems are drawn mainly from the normal Manyoshu, Kokinshu and Hyakunin Isshu collections, yet there also are examplaes of haiku and different later types. The sound of the japanese texts i reproduced in Romaji script and the names of the poets within the calligraphy of Ukai Uchiyama. The translator's creation offers us simple heritage at the heritage and nature of eastern poetry, that's supplemented through notes at the person poets and an intensive bibliography.
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