Ink Dark Moon Love Poems by Ono No Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan

ISBN-10: 0679729585
ISBN-13: 9780679729587
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Description: These translated poems were written by 2 ladies of the Heian court of Japan between the ninth and eleventh centuries A.D. The poems speak intimately of their authors' sexual longing, fulfillment and disillusionment.

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/3/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

These translated poems were written by 2 ladies of the Heian court of Japan between the ninth and eleventh centuries A.D. The poems speak intimately of their authors' sexual longing, fulfillment and disillusionment.

One of the most accomplished poets of her time, Izumi is known for the wild course of her love life. In addition to being twice married, she was, in succession, mistress to two princes who were brothers. The younger one, Astumichi, was her true love, and her diary is a fictionalized account of their affair. Little else is known of her life, but she left behind about 1,500 poems, often included in later anthologies.

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