Anzai Hitoshi (1918- 1994) was a reporter and poet.
While looking down to pick up a bean
the world had changed in an instant
Two young girls
were looking out at the factories from a crowded train
It was the last summer of the war
PHIL 230 / Japanese Poetry and Philosophy / Spring 2014
Poetry Reading 1: Two Chinese Poets
The earliest recorded Japanese poetry (circa 700 CE) was heavily influenced by Chinese poets.
Japanese poets took inspiration from Chinese poems from the Six Dynas
Reading for 3/3/14: Basho and Haiku
Kireji cutting word such as ya. The word is a kind of spoken punctuation that also serves to
cut the image / poem into two juxtaposed segments.
For our renga you wrote either 5-7-5 verses (called Hokku) or 7-7 lin
Reading for class on 2/17
Japanese Terms to Know:
Waka is a term that means, basically, Japanese Poetry. It was used to differentiate it from
poetry written in Chinese.
Choka means long poem. Choka can be of any length but always with the syllable pattern
the Earlv Nineteenth Century
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no haiku poer
are usually ranked above
as beloved as Kobayashi Issa (t763-r827). This is in
part due to his responses through haiku to a verv diflicult and
often tragic l
Lecture Notes for Confucian Roots
(from IN QUEST OF HARMONY: PLATO AND CONFUCIUS ON POETRY Zong-qi Cai, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Plato (427?-347? B.C. ) and Confucius(c a. 551-479 B.C.) lived only about a century apart.
Assignment #1: Understanding the Form and Content of Classical Chinese Poetry
The form of the poem Spring View by Du Fu:
In traditional Chinese
gu p shn h zi
chng chn co m shn
Japanese Poetry Reading #3
Zen and Japanese Poetry: Poems by Zen Monks
Gozan poetry or five mountains poetry was written in the 14th and 15th century by Japanese
Zen monks. (The five mountains originally referred to the five main temples of Zen in China b