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CHIEKO and Other Poems of Takamura Kotaro.

Takamura Kotaro, 1883-1956 (Translated by Hiroaki Sato.)

ISBN 10: 0824806891 / ISBN 13: 9780824806897
Published by Honolulu, The University Press of Hawaii, (1980.) dj, 1980
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Hardcover first edition - First printing. Kotaro Takamura was a renowned sculptor (in his youth he studied art in NY, London and Paris), poet, and translator; his poems for his wife Chieko, published after her death in 1938, which cover the 30 years of their relationship, from courtship, years of loving companionship, to her descent into insanity and death, are unique in Japanese literature and what makes him one of the most widely read poets in Japan. This book includes 26 poems about Chieko in the second section; in addition, the first section "The Journey" includes 58 chronologically arranged poems selected from those written throughout his life, and the final section "A Brief History of Imbelicity" is a complete translation of the 20 autobiographical poems published under that title in 1947. Frontispiece portrait. xxiv, 164 pp. Ex-library with the usual markings, some underlining in the introduction, but otherwise tight and clean in a very good dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 33873

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Title: CHIEKO and Other Poems of Takamura Kotaro.

Publisher: Honolulu, The University Press of Hawaii, (1980.) dj

Publication Date: 1980

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Contains poems, haiku, shi, and tanka sequences, translated from the Japanese into English by Hiroaki Sato. Includes notes to the poems.

Takamura Kotaro (March 13, 1883 - April 2, 1956) was a Japanese poet and sculptor. He graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1902, where he studied sculpture. He studied in New York in 1906, London in 1907, and in Paris in 1908. He returned to Japan in 1909, where he lived for the remainder of his life.

His sculptural work shows strong influence both from Western work, especially Auguste Rodin, and from Japanese traditions. His father, Takamura K?un, was also a noted Japanese sculptor.

Takamura Kotaro is famous for his poems, and especially for his collection Chiekosho (Chieko's sky) (1941), a collection of poems about his wife Chieko Takamura, who died in 1938. Like her husband, Chieko was an artist and poet.

Takamura Kotaro began by writing haiku and tanka, but what makes him stand out as a poet is his shi. The first two are traditional verse forms with a long history in Japanese literature; the last is a new form developed during Takamura's lifetime by him and other poets under the Western influence.

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Text: English, Japanese (translation)

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