Book Review:
One Hundred Poems from the Japanese by Kenneth Rexroth

Title: One Hundred Poems from the Japanese
Edited and translated by: Kenneth Roxroth
Published: 1955
Language: English
Pages: 140
Rating: 3/5

A collection of one hundred poems by Japanese authors.

This was a quick read and a nice little book.

The only experience I have with reading any poetry from Japanese authors is a book with Haiku, which I loved. This sort of has the same kinds of themes, where nature is very prevalent. The poems are short and to the point, and paints beautiful pictures for the reader.

There are always going to be some poetry that doesn't really appeal to you, but one of my favourites I found in this is this poem:

Out in the marsh reeds
A bird cries out in sorrow
As though it had recalled
Something better forgotten
- Ki No Tsurayuki

I think this is actually a very good introduction if you want to read some Japanese poetry and I would recommend it if you're into that. You don't need to be a deep and passionate poetry enthusiast to understand the beauty of this.

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