Beyond Chrysanthemums: Perspectives on Poetry East and West

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byStephen Reckert

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Beyond Chrysanthemums assesses the relevance for the West of Eastern aesthetic and poetic principles in a lively discussion of over two hundred poems in seventeen Eastern and Western languages, ancient and modern, with parallel translations. The possibility of a world poetic canon is explored in the Introduction, which is followed by a detailed study of 'micropoems' from widely separated cultures and eras, but which are based on the same traditional myths and symbols. Poetic and iconographical versions of the universal myths of sacredspace and the World Axis are examined in the book's next section, which looks closely at symbols such as the Taoist Isles and the Immortals, Camoes's Isle of Venus, Dante's Mount of Purgatory, and the Buddhist Mount Sumeru. The study concludes with a return to the micropoem in order to illustrateEastern and Western ideas of liminality, personal identity and the divided self, as embodied in the Midsummer Night rite de passsage and the symbolic motifs of the mirror, the shadow, and the stone.

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Beyond Chrysanthemums assesses the relevance for the West of Eastern aesthetic and poetic principles in a lively discussion of over two hundred poems in seventeen Eastern and Western languages, ancient and modern, with parallel translations. The possibility of a world poetic canon is explored in the Introduction, which is followed by ...

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Beyond Chrysanthemums assesses the relevance for the West of Eastern aesthetic and poetic principles in a lively discussion of over two hundred poems in seventeen Eastern and Western languages, ancient and modern, with parallel translations. The possibility of a world poetic canon is explored in the introduction, which is followed by a...

Stephen Reckert is at Institute for the Study of Symbology, Lisbon.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:286 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198151659

ISBN - 13:9780198151654

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`a brilliant and provocative book ... Reckert is as interesting when he writes of the differences between Eastern and Western traditions as when he considers their similarities ... ... Reckert provides some fascinating Eastern analogues for Dante's Earthly Paradise. Beside Chrysanthemums isone of the masterpieces of literary scholarship of our time. In its importance, its erudition, and its capacity to make a permanent change in the way that we read literature, it will, I believe, rapidly establish itself as the equal of Ernst Robert Curtius's European Literature and the Latin MiddleAges, ... is an intellectual autobiography as well as a creative work of criticism and literary history ... a brilliant, moving ... always exciting and enriching book. It is impossible to do justice to it - but you have to try.'Alan Deyermond, Queen Mary and Westfield College, Portuguese Studies