Translator: Fitzsimmons, Thomas
It was the noblewomen of the 10th and 11th centuries who freed Japanese literature from the domination of formal Chinese writing to create a poetry shaped by spoken Japanese. Many centuries later it was again women, this time courtesans and prostitutes, who through popular song liberated a poetry more and more restricted by increasingly rarified…
Translated by 15 leading scholars and poets. Ooka and Fitzsimmons present a vivid sample of the works of eight of the foremost contemporary Japanese poets born between 1919 and 1939. An invaluable introduction for students and scholars with clear, incisive introductions to each selection.