100 Poems from the Japanese by Kenneth Rexroth

By Kenneth Rexroth

The poems are drawn mainly from the conventional Manyoshu, Kokinshu and Hyakunin Isshu collections, yet there also are examplaes of haiku and different later types. The sound of the japanese texts i reproduced in Romaji script and the names of the poets within the calligraphy of Ukai Uchiyama. The translator's creation provides us simple history at the historical past and nature of eastern poetry, that is supplemented by means of notes at the person poets and an intensive bibliography.

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Eliot’s Quartets set about to depart from existential dread of the kind Prufrock had represented by asserting a theological solution to the problem of dread. If the mind of God preserves all ontological being, including the phenomenal world’s coming-into-being, so it stands to reason that even missed opportunities are preserved in their purity for having existed once as possibility. This philosopher’s God delivers Eliot’s perceptions in Four Quartets from the dilemma of the individual psyche drowning in its own fear of having not seized the opportunities the phenomenal world presented it with it.

God is not torridly tearing away at the heart; yet in Eliot’s mind, God was ravishing. God is timeless and immutable in Augustine’s Confessions, as he is in Eliot’s Four Quartets. Augustine depicts a God of sufficient compassion so that the theologian may write of a reciprocal union of mystical love shared between his mind and the mind of Hayes Final_Hayes final 5/10/12 10:15 AM Page 44 44 | ROBERT LOWELL AND THE CONFESSIONAL VOICE God. In the Confession’s Augustine is able to write that the love of God is both abstract and concrete, both universal and particular.

Edwards and the Spider” (Lord Weary’s Castle), it is God and not autonomous nature that reduces humanity to such simple terms: A very little thing, a little worm, Or hourglass-blazoned spider, it is said, Can kill a tiger. Will the dead Hold up his mirror and affirm To the four winds the smell And flash of his authority? It’s well If God who holds you to the pit of hell, Much as one holds a spider, will destroy, Baffle and dissipate your soul. As a small boy On Windsor Marsh, I saw the spider die When thrown into the bowels of fierce fire: There’s no long struggle, no desire To get up on its feet and fly— If we consider the two poems collectively, the biological father, the interpolation of father images into the psyche, and God become a three-in-one conflation in the poet’s mind, each representative of the constrictions of authority.

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