Other literary forms

(World Poets and Poetry)

In addition to a substantial body of free verse and many tanka (the tanka is a fixed form of thirty-one syllables in five lines), Kenji Miyazawa (mee-yah-zah-wah) wrote children’s stories, often in a fantastic vein. He also wrote a limited number of essays, the most important one of which outlines his ideas for an agrarian art. The children’s stories have proved popular in Japan, and some of them are available along with the major poems in English translation. It should also be noted that Miyazawa drafted and reworked his poems in a series of workbooks over the course of his creative life; while the notebooks are not publications in a formal sense, they might be considered part of the Miyazawa canon. In any case, they are commonly utilized by scholars investigating the sources of the poet’s art.