Japanese and Chinese Poems to Sing the Wakan Roei Shu
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
- Publish date: 11/01/1997
- ISBN: 9780231107020
- ISBN10: 0231107021
For centuries Poems to Sing served as an inspiration for Japanese artists and calligraphers, who created some of their most beautiful masterpieces using texts selected from this book. The poems are arranged in accordance with the four seasons as well as more than forty topics, ranging from celestial bodies to ministers of state. It includes poems by some of the most beloved Chinese and Japanese masters, including Po Chu-i (772-846) and Sugawara no Michizane (845-903).
This first translation of the Wakan roei shu includes two introductory essays, insightful commentaries on each passage, and three expositions, which discuss the Wakan roei shu's influence on Japanese literary history, music, and calligraphy. It will delight all lovers of Asian poetry and art.