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This second, revised edition of a pioneering volume, long out of print, presents translations of Japanese Zen poems on sorrow, old age, homesickness, the seasons, the ravages of time, solitude, the scenic beauty of the landscape of Japan, and monastic life. Composed by Japanese Zen monks who lived from the last quarter of the thirteenth century to the middle of the fifteenth century, these poems represent a portion of the best of the writing called in Japanese gozan bungaku, “literature of the five mountains.”
“Five mountains” or “five monasteries” refers to the system by which the Zen monasteries were hierarchically ordered and governed. For the monks in the monasteries, poetry functioned as a means not only of expressing religious convictions and personal feelings but also of communicating with others in a civilized and courteous fashion. Effacing barriers of time and space, the practice of Chinese poetry also made it possible for Japanese authors to feel at one with their Chinese counterparts and the great poets of antiquity. This was a time when Zen as an institution was being established and contact with the Chinese mainland becoming increasingly frequent—ten of the sixteen poets represented here visited China.
Marian Ury has provided a short but substantial introduction to the Chinese poetry of Japanese gozan monasteries, and her translations of the poetry are masterful. Poems of the Five Mountains is an important work for anyone interested in Japanese literature, Chinese literature, East Asian Religion, and Zen Buddhism.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Shussan Shaka by Soga Nichokuan. Detail. Shōmyōji. Kyoto.
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface to the New Edition
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Kokan Shiren
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  1. Dawn
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  1. The Earthquake
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  1. Foam
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  1. Rain
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  1. Nāgārjuna
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  1. The Mosquito
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  1. A Spring View
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  1. A Village by the River
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  1. Winter Moon
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  1. Sesson Yūbai
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  1. Chance Verses
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  1. . . . On the First Day of the Seventh Month. . .
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  1. Yearning for My Friend. . .
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  1. Irregular Verse
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  1. Irregular Verse
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  1. There Is No Resting
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  1. Autumn's Whiteness
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  1. Thinking of the Old Man of Precious Cloud
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  1. Jakushitsu Genkō
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  1. Double Yang
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  1. Living in the Mountains
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  1. Counsel. . .
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  1. Events of a Cold Night
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  1. Ryūsen Reisai
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  1. Cold Rain
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  1. Inscribed on the Wall of an Old Temple
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  1. Evening Light
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  1. On the Road on a Spring Day
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  1. Musings While on the Road
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  1. Betsugen Enshi
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  1. Brewing Tea
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  1. Sitting in Meditation
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  1. Things Seen and Heard
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  1. An Evening View on the River
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  1. Sitting at Night
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  1. Chūgan Engetsu
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  1. Musing on Antiquity at Chin-lu
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  1. Stopping at Hakata . . . Two Poems. . .
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  1. At Kamado-ga-seki
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  1. At Itsukushima
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  1. At Tomo Harbor
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  1. A Chance Verse. . .
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  1. Atami
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  1. In the Evening of the Year
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  1. Mugan Sō-Ō
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  1. 55_Description_of_Things_Seen_on_th
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  1. Shizan Myōzai
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  1. My Friends. . .
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  1. A Chance Verse
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  1. Ryūshū Shūtaku
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  1. Sweeping Leaves
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  1. At Night on a Journey
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  1. Tesshū Tokusai
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  1. Lament for Myself
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  1. Living in the Mountains
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  1. Gidō Shūshin
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  1. In the Morning of the Year. . .
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  1. The Bamboo Sparrow
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  1. Improvisation upon Leaving the Nanzenji. . .
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  1. Camellia Blossoms
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  1. The Painted Fan
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  1. Landscapes on the Two Faces of a Fan
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  1. On a Picture of a Cat
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  1. Instruction for My Disciples. . .
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  1. Written . . . during His Illness. . .
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  1. Hymn for Offering Incense. . .
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  1. Guchū Shūkyū
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  1. . . . "Weeping over the Death of a Child". . .
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  1. Refusing Guests
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  1. Listening to the Rain . . .
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  1. Zekkai Chūshin
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  1. An Old Temple
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  1. Ascending a High Building after Rain
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  1. Mist on the River
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  1. Recording My Longings. . .
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  1. Rhyme Describing the Three Mountains. . .
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  1. Chūjo Joshin
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  1. 87_On_Falling_Ill
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  1. Gakuin Ekatsu
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  1. The Sound of Heating Water for Tea
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  1. Detaining a Visitor . . .
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  1. Visiting the Rozanji . . .
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  1. Ichū Tsūjo
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  1. Sent to a Friend
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  1. Evening Rain by the Bridge
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  1. About a Painting
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  1. Bibliographical Note
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  1. Finding List
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  1. A Note About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472902156
Related ISBN
9780939512539
MARC Record
OCLC
1184509150
Launched on MUSE
2020-09-09
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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