Just Living: Poems and Prose of the Japanese Monk Tonna

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bySteven D. Carter

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One of the best scholar-translators in the field presents a selection of writings by Tonna (1289--1372), an outstanding medieval Buddhist poet-monk, very little of whose work has been translated until now. Tonna was regarded as the leading Nijo¯ poet of his day and was known as one of the Four Deva Kings of the Waka. This anthology contains translations of 134 uta, 16 linked-verse couplets, and selections from a prose narrative, 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.

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One of the best scholar-translators in the field presents a selection of writings by Tonna (1289--1372), an outstanding medieval Buddhist poet-monk, very little of whose work has been translated until now. Tonna was regarded as the leading Nijo¯ poet of his day and was known as one of the Four Deva Kings of the Waka. This anthology con...

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.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:January 22, 2005Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction
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
i

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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.