Takamura Kotaro (1883-1956) drew on his studies in New York, London, and Paris to lay the foundations in Japan for Western-style Japanese sculpture through his intricate wood carvings and powerful bronzes. But Takamura also composed poems infused with startling energy, directness, and narrative clarity. Among the first to use the vernacular masterfully in verse, he has long been recognized as one of Japan's premier modern poets. The poetry included here is divided into three parts: qThe Journeyq represents a chronology of the poet's life; qChiekoq is a selection of poems about Takamura's wife which describes his devotion to her for more than thirty years through courtship and marriage, during her illness and insanity, and continuing after her death; and qA Brief History of Imbecilityq is a sequence of twenty autobiographical poems composed in 1947. The essays, appearing in English for the first time, offer a more complete understanding of Takamura's relationship to art, his complex experience of Paris, and his views on beauty and creativity. Included here are qThe Latter Half of Chieko's Life, q a moving prose complement to the Chieko poems, and qA Last Glance at the Third Ministry of Education Art Exhibition, q a scathing review of the modern art world, the first of its kind in Japan.The poetry included here is divided into three parts: aquot;The Journeyaquot; represents a chronology of the poeta#39;s life; aquot;Chiekoaquot; is a selection of poems about Takamuraa#39;s wife which describes his devotion to her for more than thirty years through ...
|Title||:||A Brief History of Imbecility|
|Publisher||:||University of Hawaii Press - 1992-01-01|