SWET Kansai: Humanity in Basho

With Jeff Robbins

Date: October 28, 2017 (Sat.)
Time: 2:00-5:00 p.m. (dinner afterward)
Place: (Kyoto) Details to be announced
Fee: 500 yen for members of SWET and Writers in Kyoto; 1,000 yen for all others

Part I  Difficulties and Solutions in Translating Basho
Interpersonal messages, realization of ordinary words, poetry of verbs, coherence, a graceful musical quality.

Part II  Love and Sex in Basho Renku
Romance, sensuality, passion, adolescent love, shame, disappointment, parting, prostitutes, rape, old age, masculinity, vows.

Japanese and romanization for all poems discussed will be provided in handouts.

Jeff Robbins has explored Basho’s works in Japanese for thirty years, and translated and compiled a database that is the only substantial collection in English of Basho’s linked verse, tanka, letters, and spoken word.

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