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The Ends of Meter in Modern Japanese Poetry: Translation and Form

Scott Mehl


This book analyzes the complex response of Meiji-era Japanese poets and readers to the challenge introduced by European verse and the resulting crisis in Japanese poetry. Amidst fierce competition for literary prestige on the national and international stage, poets and critics at the time recognized that the character of Japanese poetic culture was undergoing a fundamental transformation, and the stakes were high: the future of modern Japanese verse. The book documents the creation of new Japanese poetic forms, tracing the first invention of Japanese free verse and its subsequent disappearance ... More

Keywords: Japanese poets, Meiji era, Japanese poetry, Japanese poetic culture, modern Japanese verse, shintaishi, Japanese free verse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9781501761171
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501761171.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Mehl, author
Colgate University