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Title:
The Ink dark moon : love poems by Ono no Komachi & Izumi Shikibu, women of the ancient court of Japan
Author:
Hirshfield, Jane, 1953-
Publication Information:
New York : Vintage Books, 1990.
Physical Description:
212 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Translation of selected Japanese poems by women of the ancient court of Japan.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780679729587
Format :
Book

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These translated poems were written by 2 ladies of the Heian court of Japan between the ninth and eleventh centuries A.D. The poems speak intimately of their authors' sexual longing, fulfillment and disillusionment.


Author Notes

One of the most accomplished poets of her time, Izumi is known for the wild course of her love life. In addition to being twice married, she was, in succession, mistress to two princes who were brothers. The younger one, Astumichi, was her true love, and her diary is a fictionalized account of their affair. Little else is known of her life, but she left behind about 1,500 poems, often included in later anthologies.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Matters of the heart and spirit and the transient nature of time and existence are the dominant themes of this collection of love poems by two leading female literary figures of Japan's Heian era--Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu. The book includes an illuminating introduction and an appendix on Japanese poetry and the process of translation. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved