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Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf: Zen Poems of…

Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf: Zen Poems of Ryōkan (edition 1993)

by Ryōkan, John Stevens (Translator)

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The Japanese poet- recluse Ryokan (1758- 1831) is one of the most beloved figures of Asian literature, renowned for his beautiful verse, exquisite calligraphy, and eccentric character. Deceptively simple, Ryokan's poems transcend artifice, presenting spontaneous expressions of pure Zen spirit. Like his contemporary Thoreau, Ryokan celebrates nature and the natural life, but his poems touch the whole range of human experience- joy and sadness, pleasure and pain, enlightenment and illusion, love and loneliness. This collection of translations reflects the full spectrum of Ryokan's spiritual and poetic vision, including Japanese haiku, longer folk songs, and Chinese- style verse.… (more)
Title:Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf: Zen Poems of Ryōkan
Other authors:John Stevens (Translator)
Info:Boston, Mass. ; London : Shambhala, 1993
Collections:Your library
Tags:poetry, Japanese literature, haiku, tanka, read 2019

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Selection of poems by the nineteenth-century Zen hermit and poet. Ryōkan is deservedly one of the most famous Buddhist poets from any period and any country. Includes a five-page introduction by translator John Stevens, and 15 ink paintings by the twentieth-century artist Sakuichi Saitō, who was much influenced by Ryōkan.
  JamesBlake | Jun 5, 2010 |
Nice pocket translation of Ryokan's poetry. ( )
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