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Occasional Paper No. 4
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Henry G. Schwarz
Center for East Asian Studies, Western Washington University
Ikkyū Sōjun: A Zen Monk and his Poetry by Sonja Arntzen: Some eight years ago when I had just started my first course in Japanese, I heard Professor Katō Shūichi give a lecture about Ikkyū in a general survey course. Even though no translations of Ikkyū's poetry existed at that time, Professor Katō was eager to introduce his students to this unusual figure in Japanese literature, a "Japanese John Donne," as Katō described him then. I was fascinated by the lecture and approached Professor Katō afterwards with all the naive enthusiasm of a novice student in East Asian languages to inquire if I, with one year of Japanese, might be able to read Ikkyū's poems for myself. Professor Katō laughingly shook his head and told me I would have to wait before attempting such an ambitious project. Several years and a period of stay in Japan later, when I was casting about for a suitable topic for my Master's thesis, Katō reminded me of Ikkyū. The translation of Ikkyū's kambun poems has been an absorbing project for me ever since and has resulted in the present work.
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Ikkyū Sōjun, Zen poetry
East Asian Languages and Societies | Japanese Studies
Arntzen, Sonja, "Ikkyū Sōjun: A Zen Monk and his Poetry" (1973). East Asian Studies Press. 28.
Copyright 1973 the Center for East Asian Studies, Western Washington University