Tomoshibi: Light: Collected Poetry

Tomoshibi: Light: Collected Poetry

Tomoshibi: Light: Collected Poetry

Tomoshibi: Light: Collected Poetry

Synopsis

Japan's Imperial line is thought to be the oldest in the world, & its associations with poetry can be traced back to its most ancient beginnings. For centuries the Japanese court has patronized the poetic art & participated in the composition of the traditional native verse form known as the "waka." Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko inherit this remarkable legacy & have preserved it with personal enthusiasm & literary mastery. Many of the Emperor's 166 poems & the Empress's 140 poems collected here were composed during their travels as good-will ambassadors for the Japanese people, while they were Crown Prince & Princess, before their enthronement in 1990. Other poems were written for the annual New Year's Poetry Reading, & still others were composed to mark special events in the Japanese calendar or to record recollections of remarkable people. Painstakingly translated & annotated, the poems in "Tomoshibi" are indeed illuminating, revealing not only the depth & resonance of the Japanese poetic tradition but also of the characters & sensibilities of the Emperor & Empress with the immediacy that is poetry's special gift.
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