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100 Poems from the Japanese - download pdf or read online

By Kenneth Rexroth

ISBN-10: 0811201813

ISBN-13: 9780811201810

The poems are drawn mainly from the conventional Manyoshu, Kokinshu and Hyakunin Isshu collections, yet there also are examplaes of haiku and different later varieties. 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 supplies us uncomplicated history at the historical past and nature of eastern poetry, that's supplemented through notes at the person poets and an intensive bibliography.

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That was the phrase he had used to explain the dream-beast to tell me that what I thought, the creature thought - to tell me how the thing lured its victims by their own desires. So I warned Leroy; it seemed to me that even the dream-beast couldn't be dangerous if we were warned and expecting it. Well, I was wrong! 'As we reached the crest, Tweel spun his head completely around, so his feet were forward but his eyes looked backward, as if he feared to gaze into the valley. Leroy and I stared out over it, just a gray waste like this around us, with the gleam of the south polar cap far beyond its southern rim.

Bach was away somewhere on personal business, and Scott had been questioning the girl about her own impressions of her experience. " he asked. " "Not I. " "But your hair was black. " she asked. " He groaned in exasperation. " Her exquisite eyes turned their silver on him. "I do," she said. " It seemed to him, that she changed at that moment. Her beauty was not quite as it had been, but somehow more wildly intoxicating than before. He realized what it meant; her environment now contained a man she loved, or thought she loved, and she was adapting to that, too.

Minutes passed. "That should anaesthetize an elephant," he whispered at last, and jammed the cone full upon her face. She awoke. Fingers like slim steel rods closed on his wrist, forcing his hand away. Scott seized the cone, and her hand clutched his wrist as well, and he felt the strength of her grasp. "Stupid," she said quietly, sitting erect. " She snatched a paper knife from the table beside the bed. She bared her pale throat to the moonlight, and then, suddenly, drove the knife to its hilt into her bosom!

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