This week, we’re taking a look at the legacy of one of Japan’s most influential poets: Ki no Tsurayuki. His poems may not quite be the popular phenomenon they once were, but his views about how poetry works have always been influential, and shaped how we think about poetry down to this day.
Keene, Donald, ed. Anthology of Japanese Literature from the Earliest Era to the Mid 19th Century.
Rodd, Laura and Mary Henkenius, trans. Kokinshu: A Collection of Poems Ancient and Modern.
Konishi, Jin’ichi. “The Genesis of the Kokinshu Style,” trans. Hellen Craig McCullough. Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 38 (1978)
Brower, Robert and Earl Miner. Japanese Court Poetry.
Heldt, Gustav. “Liquid Landscapes: Tosa Nikki’s Pioneering Poetic Contribution to Travelogue Prose.” Japan Review 32 (2019)
A good introduction to Manyogana from imabi.net