The Silver Age of Japanese Poetry: Romanticism and Symbolism
The research, which constitutes the first part of the author’s multivolume History of the New Japanese Poetry, traces the process of emergence and evolution of verse in the new forms after the Meiji Restoration. A totally new worldview forged in the fire of polemics on the pages of critical journals paved the way for the innovative aesthetics of the XX century Japan. The eloquent melodic Romanticist shintaishi poetry by Shimazaki Toson and Doi Bansui born from the synthesis of East and West, the lyrical masterpieces by the great Symbolists Kitahara Hakushu, Miki Rofu, Kinoshita Mokutaro and a brilliant constellation of other young talents laid the foundation for the modern Japanese poetry and poetics. The book is richly illustrated with portraits of the poets and original paintings.