Modern Japanese Tanka

An Anthology

Makoto Ueda

Columbia University Press

Modern Japanese Tanka

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Pub Date: June 1996

ISBN: 9780231104333

288 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $34.00£27.00

Pub Date: June 1996

ISBN: 9780231104326

288 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $100.00£77.00

Modern Japanese Tanka

An Anthology

Makoto Ueda

Columbia University Press

Tanka, a clasical Japanese verse form like haiku, has experienced a resurgence of interest among twentieth-century poets and readers. Arguably the central genre of Japanese literature, the 31-syllable lyric made up the great majority of Japanese poetry from the ninth to the nineteenth century and was the inspiration for such poetry as haiku and renga. Tanka has begun to attract considerable attention in North America in recent years. Modern Japanese Tanka is the first comprehensive collection available in English.

Tanka retains the aesthetic sensibilities that circumscribe Japanese culture, but just as Japan has changed during this tumultuous century, tanka has undergone equally radical shifts. Responding to artistic and social movements of the West, tanka has incorporated influences ranging from Marxism to Avant-Garde.

Modern Japanese Tanka includes four hundred poems by twenty of Japan's most renowned poets who have made major contributions to the hisotry of tanka in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With his graceful, eloquent translations, Makoto Ueda captures the distinct voices of these individual poets, providing biographical sketches of each as well as transliterating Japanese text below each poem. His introduction gives an excellent overview of the development of tanka in the last one hundred years.

Tracing the contemporary tanka tradition from Yosana Tekkan in the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth-century poetry of such writers as Taware Machi, Modern Japanese Tankselegantly conveys an authentic sense of Japanese lyric to a Western audience.
Preface
Introduction
Yosano Tekkan (1873-1935)
Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902)
Mori Ogai (1862-1922)
Yosano Akiko (1878-1942)
Ishikawa Takuboku (1886-1912)
Saito Mokichi (1882-1953)
Kitahara Hakushu (1885-1942)
Shaku Choku (1887-1953)
Toki Zenmaro (1885-1980)
Okamoto Kanoko (1889-1939)
Miyazawa Kenji (1896-1932)
Okuma Nobuyuki (1893-1977)
Maekawa Samio (1903-1990)
Saito Fumi (b. 1909)
Miya Shuji (1911-1986)
Kondo Yoshimi (b. 1913)
Tsukamoto Kunio (b. 1922)
Nakajo Fumiko (1922-1954)
Sasaki Yukitsuna (b. 1938)
Tawara Machi (b. 1962)
Selected Biography
Copyright Acknowledgments

About the Author

MAKOTO UEDA is Professor of Japanese at Stanford University.