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Old Taoist : The Life, Art, and Poetry of Kodojin (1865-1944) - Stephen Addiss

Old Taoist

The Life, Art, and Poetry of Kodojin (1865-1944)

Paperback Published: 26th September 2001
ISBN: 9780231116572
Number Of Pages: 208
For Ages: 22+ years old

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In the literary and artistic milieu of early modern Japan the Chinese and Japanese arts flourished side by side. KodAjin, the "Old Taoist" (1865-1944), was the last of these great poet-painters in Japan. Under the support of various patrons, he composed a number of Taoist-influenced Chinese and Japanese poems and did lively and delightful ink paintings, continuing the tradition of the poet-sage who devotes himself to study of the ancients, lives quietly and modestly, and creates art primarily for himself and his friends.

Portraying this last representative of a tradition of gentle and refined artistry in the midst of a society that valued economic growth and national achievement above all, this beautifully illustrated book brings together 150 of KodAjin's Chinese poems (introduced and translated by Jonathan Chaves), more than 100 of his haiku and tanka (introduced and translated by Stephen Addiss), and many examples of his calligraphy and ink paintings. Addiss's in-depth introduction details the importance of the poet-painter tradition, outlines the life of KodAjin, and offers a critical appraisal of his work, while J. Thomas Rimer's essay puts the literary work of the Old Taoist in context.

Industry Reviews

"The story of Addiss's patient unearthing of this unusual life and work, very nearly lost to history, itself makes a gripping narrative, and is a triumph of modern scholarship." - David Pollack, University of Rochester "This richly informative volume bring the reclusive painter-poet to life." - Karen M. Gerhart, Northern Arizona University

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Kodojin's Life and Artp. 1
Kodojin's Japanese Poetryp. 57
Kodojin and the T'ao Ch'ien Tradition in Kanshi Poetryp. 73
Kodojin's Chinese Poetryp. 89
A Note on Kodojin and the Art and Literature of His Periodp. 155
Epiloguep. 161
Notesp. 165
Indexp. 171
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ISBN: 9780231116572
ISBN-10: 0231116578
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 26th September 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.63 x 15.27  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.33