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The Winter Sun Shines In: A Life of Masaoka Shiki

Donald Keene


Rather than resist the vast social and cultural changes sweeping Japan in the nineteenth century, the poet Masaoka Shiki (1867–1902) instead incorporated new Western influences into his country’s native haiku and tanka verse. By reinvigorating these traditional forms, Shiki released them from outdated conventions and made them more responsive to newer trends in artistic expression. Altogether, his reforms made the haiku Japan’s most influential modern cultural export. Using readings of Shiki’s own writings and accounts of the poet by his contemporaries and family, this book charts Shiki’s revo ... More

Keywords: poetry, Masaoka Shiki, artistic expression, haiku, tanka, Natsume Sōseki, Japan, reforms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231164887
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231164887.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald Keene, author