Anthology of Modern Japanese Poetry by Edith Marcombe Shiffert, Yuki Sawa

By Edith Marcombe Shiffert, Yuki Sawa

The country of jap poetry within the 20th century, its top of the range and individuality is obviously proven during this ebook. The creation supplies a brief,lucid historical past of poetry in Japan, with the emphasis on glossy poetry. The physique of the e-book is taken up with the interpretation of the paintings of forty-nine extensively acclaimed poets: free-verse poets, tanka poets, and haiku poets. on the again are notes giving illuminating biographical and literary information regarding each one poet. the distinction of the translations and the lucidity of the advent and notes make the ebook a treasure for poetry fanatics far and wide .

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It includes Aristotle's legacy, Seneca, the Stoics, Cicero, the Church Fathers, Averroes, Aquinas and, perhaps, further Islamic sources. It is faintly possible that the Commedia reveals indices of contact with Hebraic and Kabbalistic material accessible in Verona. Dante's Thomism is of a strength of assimilation and restatement without rival. At moments, Aristotle comes close to being equated with God. Yet Dante's uses of Ptolemaic astronomy do challenge Aristotelian or­ thodoxy. And although the evidence remains disputed, the Comme­ dia may have flirted with the heretical metaphysics of Siger of Bra­ bant.

Poetic affinities, for example with the etiology of Chaos in Hesiod, are plausible but cannot be demon­ strated. Scholars have proposed analogies between Heraclitus's cos­ mogony and Middle Eastern creation myths. What, if anything, did he know of Egypt? Virtually inescapable is the suggestion that Zo­ roastrian symbolism in regard to fire finds resonance in Heraclitus. Ephesus neighbors on Iran. Overall, however, the sinews of Heracli­ tean grammar and vocabulary, of his paratactic constructs and eli­ sions are his own.

The case of Dante is exceedingly complex, made more so by the virtually incommensurable secondary literature. Dante's contribu­ tions to philosophic theology, to ontology after Aristotle, to politi­ cal theory, to aesthetics, to cosmological speculations are, of course, momentous. We have proof of no subtler, more compendious intel­ lect, of no supreme poetic powers more endowed with analytic pen­ etration, of no sensibility in which disciplined logical and psycho­ logical alertness were brought to bear more creatively on language.

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