Yes the title is accurate this is an anthology of jisei poems written by poets whose deaths were imminent the book has three sections an introduction to japanese poetry and the tradition of writing death poems chinese death poems written by zen monks and japanese death poems written by haiku poets i thought the introduction was useful. Japanese death poems written by zen monks and haiku poets on the verge of death compiled and with an introduction by yoel hoffman like the tea ceremony or the raked gravel of a monastery garden composing a jisei a poem written at the point of death is uniquely japanese. Review japanese death poems written by zen monks and haiku poets on the verge of death user review caroline goodreads first read this a couple years ago and since then i regularly pick it up the history of death poetry is fascinating do not skip the introduction the tanka form for me is particularly addictive. Japanese death poems written by zen monks and haiku poets on the verge of death and a great selection of related books art and collectibles available now at abebookscom
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