Japanese Death Poems

Japanese Death Poems

Paperback Language: English / Japanese

Edited by Yoel Hoffman

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  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 366 pages
  • Language: English / Japanese
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 175mm x 28mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 4 June 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 0804831793
  • ISBN 13: 9780804831796
  • Edition statement: Original ed.
  • Sales rank: 65,075

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Although the consciousness of death is in most cultures very much a part of life, this is perhaps nowhere more true than in Japan, where the approach of death has given rise to a centuries-old tradition of writing jisei, or the "death poem." Such a poem is often written in the very last moments of the poet's life.

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Professor Yoel Hoffman has written several books on Buddhism and comparative philosophy, including "The Sound of the One Hand, Radical Zen: the Sayings of Joshu," and "The Idea of Self-East and West."