By Kenneth Rexroth
It is awesome that any Westerner—even so effective a poet as Kenneth Rexroth—could have captured in translation quite a bit of the delicate essence of vintage eastern poetry: the intensity of managed ardour, the austere attractiveness 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 kinds. 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 advent supplies us uncomplicated historical past at the historical past and nature of jap poetry, that's supplemented through notes at the person poets and an intensive bibliography.
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