F. V. Dickens (essay date 1866)
SOURCE: Dickens, F. V. Preface to Hyak Nin Is'shiu or Stanzas by a Century of Poets, Being Japanese Lyrical Odes, translated by F. V. Dickens, pp. v-ix. London: Smith, Elder, & Co, 1866.
[In the following excerpted preface to his translation of Japanese lyrical odes, Dickens describes the nature of these short poems first compiled by Fujiwara no Teika.]
The Odes [of the Hyak Nin Is'-shiu] are all of a peaceful character, some didactic, some descriptive, and many amatory. Very often the point of the ode lies in a play upon words, very telling in the original, but seldom capable of adequate rendering into English. The most ancient of them seem to have an...
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