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Description - Masaoka Shiki by Masaoka Shiki

Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) is credited with modernizing Japan's two traditional verse forms, haiku and tanka. Born at a time of social and cultural change in Japan, Shiki welcomed the new influences from the West and responded to them by reinvigorating the native haiku and tanka forms. This text is a selection of his poetry - more than 100 haiku, more than 30 tanka, and four kanshi, arranged chronologically within each genre, revealing the development of his art. Burton Watson's introduction explores the course of Shiki's life: his poverty-stricken childhood, his early love for literature, his education, and his work as both a haiku editor for the newspaper "Nippon" and a correspondent during the Sino-Japanese war.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231110914
ISBN-10: 023111091X
Format: Paperback
Pages: 136
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 17-Mar-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Masaoka Shiki

Burton Watson is one of the world's best-known translators from the Chinese and Japanese. His translations include The Lotus Sutra, The Vimalakirti Sutra, Ryokan: Zen Monk-Poet of Japan, Saigyo: Poems of a Mountain Home, and The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry: From Early Times to the Thirteenth Century, all published by Columbia.