Far Beyond the Field
Haiku by Japanese Women
Edited by Makoto Ueda
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Far Beyond the Field by Makoto Ueda
Book DescriptionFar Beyond the Field is a first-of-its-kind anthology of haiku by Japanese women, collecting translations of four hundred haiku written by twenty poets from the seventeenth century to the present. By arranging the poems chronologically, Makoto Ueda has created an overview of the way in which this enigmatic seventeen-syllable form has been used and experimented with during different eras. At the same time, the reader is admitted to the often marginalized world of female experience in Japan, revealing voices every bit as rich and colorful, and perhaps even more lyrical and erotic, than those found in male haiku. Listen, for instance, to Chiyojo, who worked in what has been long thought of as the dark age of haiku during the eighteenth century, but who composed exquisitely fine poems tracing the smallest workings of nature. Or Katsuro Nobuko, who wrote powerfully erotic poems when she was widowed after only two years of marriage. And here, too, is a voice from today, Mayuzumi Madoka, whose meditations on romantic love represent a fresh new approach to haiku.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231128636
(229mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 24-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Makoto Ueda
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Similar in form to the well-known, more serious haiku, the satirical - and often humorous - poems known as senryu have received little scholarly attention. This title explores the elements of humor and satire contained in senryu, highlighting the mores that lie behind the laughter the poems evince.
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Author Biography - Makoto Ueda
Makoto Ueda is professor emeritus of Japanese at Stanford University. He has written, translated, or edited fourteen books, including Modern Japanese Tanka and Light Verse from the Floating World.
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