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Modern Japanese Poets

* 訳ができているが、著作権法上(死去後50年未経過)で公開していないがほとんど。
* Only authors deceased for 50 years (in compliance with Japanese copyright law) will be uploaded.
Now Alphabetized
安西冬衛 (1898-1965) Anzai, Fuyue (1898-1965)
萩原 朔太郎 (1886-1942) Hagiwara, Sakutaro (1886-1942)
日夏 耿之助 (1890 - 1971) Hinatsu, Konosuke (1890 - 1971)
木下 杢太郎 (1885 - 1945) Kinoshita, Mokutaro (1885 - 1945)
木下 夕爾 (1914 - 1965) Kinoshita, Yuji (1885 - 1945)
北川冬彦 (1900 - 1990) Kitagawa, Fuyuhiko (1900 - 1990)
草野 心平 (1903 - 1988) Kusano, Shimpei (1903 - 1988)
村野四郎 (1901-1975) Murano, Shiro (1901-1975)
室生 犀星 (1889-1962) Murou, Saisei (1889-1962)
中原中也 (1907-1937) Nakahara, Chuya (1907-1937)
高橋元吉 (1893-1965) Takahashi, Motokichi (1893-1965)
高橋新吉 (1901-1987) Takahashi, Shinkichi (1901-1987)
高村 光太郎 (1883-1956) Takamura Kotaro (1883-1956)
壺井繁治 (1897-1975) Tsuboi, Shigeji (1897-1975)
* 以下、詩作品選考のメモを参照。
* See Notes on this selection of J. poetry below.

Japanese Elegies Index

Assorted collection. Some new, some old. Appended an English translation or provided my own.

Notes on the Selection of Poetry For the "Modern Poets" section, I have not perused all the J. poetry out there and made the selections myself. It is basically a rip-off of the work done by Shinkichi Ito, ed., Gendai Meishi Sen (3vol.). I translated a subset of thme as an exercise in the past, and decided to upload ones that are public domain works will be uploaded.

I'm not very current on the poetry-in-translation scene nowadays. I have shuffled through Edith Marcombe Shiffert and Yuki Sawa tr., Anthology of Modern Japanese Poetry (Tuttle Publishing; 1972/1985). A sampling of interesting poems from a fairly large number of poets. Gives author's names in Japanese kanji as well. The text IMO can use some poetic improvement. I revised the translation in pencil extensively on the copy I owned.

The anthology From the Country of Eight Islands by Hiroaki Sato a prolific and excellent translator. This covers ancient periods too btw.

If you want to go back to earlier periods and go beyond poetry perhaps, I would recommend Donald Keene's Anthology of Japanese Literature from the Earliest Era to the Mid-Nineteenth Century .., which covers diary liteature like the Kagero Nikki, something from the Noh play, and a famous essay "Flower" on the performing arts by Noh playwright Seami, Chikamatsu's puppet plays, etc.

 「現代詩人」の部では、自分で厳選したのではなく、基本的に新潮文庫『現代名詩選』 伊藤信吉著 から過去に訳した作品を持っているのだが、元の文庫のほうは処分してしまったので今は無い。

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