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Author Keene, Donald, author.

Title The first modern Japanese : the life of Ishikawa Takuboku / Donald Keene.

Publication Info. New York : Columbia University Press, [2016]


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Description 1 online resource (278 pages).
Series Asia perspectives: history, society, and culture
Asia perspectives.
Summary "Thousands of books and monographs have been devoted to the poet and critic Ishikawa Takuboku (1886-1912). Although he died at the age of twenty-six and wrote many of his best-known poems in the space of a few years, his name is familiar to every literate Japanese. His early death added to the sad romance of the unhappy poet, but there has been no satisfactory biography of his life or career, even in Japanese, and only a small part of his writings have been translated. His mature poetry was based on the work of no predecessor, and he left no disciples. He stands unique. Takuboku's most popular poems, especially those with a humorous overlay, are well read and memorized, but his diaries and letters, though less familiar, contain rich and vivid glimpses of the poet's thoughts and experiences. They reflect the outlook of an unconstrained man who at times behaved in a startling or even shocking manner. Despite his misdemeanors, Takuboku is regarded as a national poet, all but a saint to his admirers, especially in the regions of Japan where he lived. His refusal to conform to the Japan of the time drove him in striking directions and ranked him as the first poet of the new Japan"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Takuboku, modern poet -- Takuboku in Tokyo -- Takuboku the schoolteacher -- Exile to Hokkaido -- Hakodate and Sapporo -- Takuboku in Otaru -- A winter in Kushiro -- A poet once again -- Takuboku joins the Asahi -- The Romaji diary -- The sorrow of Takuboku and Setsuko -- Failure and success -- Takuboku on poetry -- The high treason trial -- The last days -- Takuboku's life after death.
Note Print version record.
Subject Ishikawa, Takuboku, 1885 or 1886-1912.
Ishikawa, Takuboku, 1885 or 1886-1912. (OCoLC)fst01898287
Poets, Japanese -- 20th century -- Biography.
HISTORY -- Asia -- Japan.
Poets, Japanese. (OCoLC)fst01067944
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Added Title Life of Ishikawa Takuboku
Other Form: Print version: Keene, Donald. First modern Japanese. New York : Columbia University Press, [2016] 9780231179720 (DLC) 2015050684 (OCoLC)942883331
ISBN 9780231542234 (electronic book)
0231542232 (electronic book)
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