Strong in the Rain : Selected Poems


Strong in the Rain : Selected Poems

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 128 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781852247812
  • DDC分類 895.614

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Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933) is now widely viewed as Japan's greatest poet of the 20th century. Little known in his lifetime, he died at 37 from tuberculosis, but has since become a much loved children's author whose magical tales have been translated into many languages, adapted for the stage and turned into films and animations. Recognition for his poetry came much later. "Strong in the Rain" - the title-poem of this selection - is now arguably the most memorised and quoted modern poem in Japan. Both intensely lyrical and permeated with a sophisticated scientific understanding of the universe, Kenji Miyazawa's poems testify to his deep love of humanity and nature. From a young age, he was fascinated by plants, insects, and especially minerals, which he collected. At school, his interest in nature deepened, and he began poring through books on philosophy and Buddhism, which were to strongly influence his later writing. Miyazawa drew on nature in a way that no modern Japanese author had before him.Where other writers tended to use it as a springboard for their own meditations, he saw himself not just as nature's faithful chronicler and recorder but as its medium: light, wind and rain are processed through him before being recreated on the page. His mode of active engagement with nature set him apart from virtually all other Japanese poets, and led to his work being largely ignored by the Bundan (the literary establishment) and misunderstood for half a century. But in the 1990s, he received unprecedented attention in the Japanese media. The compassion, empathy and closeness to nature expressed in Kenji Miyazawa's poems and tales appealed strongly to a new generation of readers.

Table of Contents

Introduction                                       9 (22)
Roger Pulvers
Preface to Spring and Ashura 31(2)
Stop Working 33(1)
Love and the Fever 34(1)
Curse of the Lightscape of Spring 35(1)
Scenery and a Music Box 36(2)
Ippongino 38(1)
Departure to a Different Road 39(1)
Jealous of the Dawn 40(1)
Granddaughter of a Celebrated Buddhist Monk 41(2)
Night 43(1)
My Heart Now 44(1)
The Winds Are Calling by the Front Door 45(1)
Speaking with the Eyes 46(1)
Now There Is Nowhere to Turn for Money 47(1)
Am I Destined to Die Today 48(1)
We Lived Together 49(1)
Whatever Anyone Says 50(1)
Politicians 51(1)
If I Cut Through These Woods 52(2)
Early Spring Monologue 54(1)
The Story of the Zashiki Bokko 55(3)
Shouldering the Flowers of the Narcissus 58(1)
Around the Time When the Diluvial Period 59(1)
Reed Cutter 60(1)
In Delirium 61(1)
Today Without Fail I 62(1)
Ambiguous Argument Concerning Spring Clouds 63(1)
Sapporo City 64(1)
Smoke 65(1)
Spring 66(1)
Village Girl 67(1)
A Dwelling 68(1)
Shadow from the Future Zone 69(1)
On the Train 70(1)
The Sun and Taichi 71(1)
Hill Daze 72(1)
Valley 73(1)
Mount Iwate 74(1)
An Impression 75(1)
The Swordsmen's Dance of Haratai 76(2)
Pine Needles 78(1)
The Morning of Last Farewell 79(2)
Burning Desire's Past 81(1)
The Sun Sheds Slivers of Topaz 82(1)
The Tsugaru Strait 83(1)
The Petals of Karma 84(1)
An Icy Joke 85(1)
January on the Iwate Light Railway 86(1)
High Grade Mist 87(1)
Cloud Signal 88(1)
A Report 89(1)
Clearing 90(1)
Romance 91(1)
Strong in the Rain 92(3)
Commentary on the Poems 95