Japanese Poetic Diaries

Japanese Poetic Diaries

Earl Roy Miner / Mar 30, 2020

Japanese Poetic Diaries None

  • Title: Japanese Poetic Diaries
  • Author: Earl Roy Miner
  • ISBN: 9780520030473
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. The least interesting translation here is the one of the most famous diary, "Narrow Road Through the Provinces." It seems that much of the poetic meaning of this text depends upon nuances referring to other Japanese and Chinese poems, and also upon the literal meaning of place-names, which are here left simply in their transliterated Japanese form.But the other translations are wonderful. "The Tosa Diary" (c. 935) may be the first fiction (?) by a man written entirely from a woman's point of vie [...]

    2. Some of these just didn't hold my interest, but the last two were really good--Basho's "The Narrow Road Through Provinces." (Poem as map & duty: "the story deserves some credit"/ "It would be a pity to cross the Shirawaka Barrier without writing something.")Shiki's "The Verse Record of my Peonies: A Diary of an Illness." I keep going back to "two flakes fall/And the shape of the peonies/Is wholly changed." And then the way they scatter, become obliterated by children. Future. Just gorgeous. [...]

    3. A little gem of a book. One of the longest introductions, I have ever read around 55 pages. These put the following parts into historical and social context. The following diaries each relevant to Japanese literature. The Tosca DiaryThe Diary of Izumi ShikibuThe Narrow Road Through the ProvincesThe Verse Record of My PeoniesI found all highly charged and somewhat emotional. At last I read the Narrow Road, which I had heard of, but never found until now.

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