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  Japanese Death Poems: Written by Zen Monks and Haiku Poets on the Verge of Death -- translated by Yoel Hoffman
Japanese Death Poems: Written by Zen Monks and Haiku Poets on the Verge of Death -- translated by Yoel Hoffman


 
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.

Hundreds of Japanese death poems, many with a commentary describing the circumstances of the poet's death, have been translated into English here, the majority of them for the first time.

366 pp.

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