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Dew on the Grass: The Life and Poetry of Kobayashi Issa (Brill's Japanese Studies Library) Hardcover – March, 2004

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Makoto Ueda, Ph.D. (1962) in Comparative Literature, University of Washington, is Professor Emeritus of Japanese at Stanford University. His many publication include Far Beyond the Field: Haiku by Japanese Women (2003) and The Path of Flowering Thorn: The Life and Poetry of Yosa Buso (1998).


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  • Series: Brill's Japanese Studies Library (Book 20)
  • Hardcover: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Pub (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9004137238
  • ISBN-13: 978-9004137233
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,147,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By William J. Higginson on November 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is *the* essential book on Issa for English readers, and for Japanese who read English as well. Debunking a great deal of the myth (some of which Issa seems directly responsible for), this book gives a straightforward overview of the poet's life and the development of his haiku. Showing that although he did indeed have a difficult childhood and youth, Issa gained serious recognition and financial security in his middle years, even returning to his childhood home as a modestly comfortable landowner. It also takes up the forces bearing on his development as a poet, including the haiku hierarchy of his time and the effects of this and of religion and personal tragedy late in life on his changing poetics. The plentiful translations, of haiku, a complete linked poem, and a number of short prose pieces, are well done and worth the price of admission.
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