Just Living: Poems and Prose of the Japanese Monk Tonna by Tonna

Just Living: Poems and Prose of the Japanese Monk Tonna

byTonna, Steven Carter

Kobo ebook | November 21, 2002

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The medieval Buddhist poet-monk Tonna (1289–1372) was regarded as the leading poet of his day and a prominent scholar and critic. Despite his commoner status, he was assigned the task of acting as compiler for an imperial anthology of poetry and counted a number of prominent courtiers among his students and patrons. And yet his works, which remained required reading for virtually all serious poets in Japan for five hundred years after his death, have until recently received little scholarly attention in either Japan or the West. This anthology contains translations of 134 of Tonna's uta (the classical poetic form) and 16 linked verse couplets (renga) from his Grass Hut Collection and selections from a work of prose criticism, From a Frog at the Bottom of a Well, along with an introduction and explanatory notes, a glossary of important names and places, and a list of sources for the poems.

Steven D. Carter is professor of Japanese and chair of the department of East Asian languages and literatures at the University of California at Irvine. He is the author of Unforgotten Dreams, Waiting for the Wind, and The Road to Komatsubara, and editor of Traditional Japanese Poetry.
Title:Just Living: Poems and Prose of the Japanese Monk TonnaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 21, 2002Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231500777

ISBN - 13:9780231500777


Table of Contents

The Poems
From a Frog at the Bottom of a Well: Selections
Glossary of Important Names and Places
Sources of the Poems
Index of First Lines

Editorial Reviews

These translations seem beautifully precise and their number gives us the clearest profile yet of the neglected poet.

An outstanding selection of poetry and prose by the Japanese monk Tonna, a fascinating and important but overlooked poet from the fourteenth century, translated with an introduction by Steven Carter, one of the foremost translators of our time.