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Beschreibung

Whether through lyrical celebrations of the wonders of nature, paeans to the steadfastness of women, or salutations to the world leaders who have in their various ways provided inspiration to his lifelong devotion to the causes of peace, justice and education, Daisaku Ikeda in his poems expresses unwavering commitment to the development of a humanistic global culture. These translations, the first of a three-volume collection and based on the Japanese Complete Works of Daisaku Ikeda (Ikeda Daisaku zenshu), cover the years 1945-2007, and explore the many subjects to which the leader of the Soka Gakkai International has devoted his 'poetic heart and mind.' The translators have sought to reproduce the rhythms and timbres of a voice, which- though influenced by the likes of Whitman, Defoe, Dumas, Ibsen, Emerson and Shelley- is yet distinctive and unique. Sometimes the poet adopts a simple vernacular note, at other times the compression associated with Japanese poeic forms haiku and waka. But at all times the poetry maintains a stately rhythm that reflects the dignity of ordinary language and expression. This collection will delight readers familiar with the prose writings of the author as well as those coming to his work for the first time. The poems within it speak, with freedom and feeling, of a world where genuine poetry reigns supreme- and of a world where poetic perception becomes a perception of interconnectedness, between friends. between humanity and nature, or between humanity and the cosmos.

Autorentext

Daisaku is an author, leading Buddhist thinker, activist, and advocate for global peace.



Klappentext

Whether through lyrical celebrations of the wonders of nature; paeans to the steadfastness of women; or salutations to the world leaders who have in their various ways provided inspiration to his lifelong devotion to the causes of peace, justice and education, Daisaku Ikeda in his poems expresses unwavering commitment to the development of a humanistic global culture. These translations, the first of a three-volume collection and based on the Japanese Complete Works of Daisaku Ikeda (Ikeda Daisaku zenshu), cover the years 1945-2007, and explore the many subjects to which the leader of the Soka Gakkai International has devoted his 'poetic heart and mind.'

The translators have sought to reproduce the rhythms and timbres of a voice, which- though influenced by the likes of Whitman, Defoe, Dumas, Ibsen, Emerson and Shelley- is yet distinctive and unique. Sometimes the poet adopts a simple vernacular note; at other times the compression associated with Japanese poeic forms haiku and waka. But at all times the poetry maintains a stately rhythm that reflects the dignity of ordinary language and expression.
This collection will delight readers familiar with the prose writings of the author as well as those coming to his work for the first time. The poems within it speak, with freedom and feeling, of a world where genuine poetry reigns supreme- and of a world where poetic perception becomes a perception of interconnectedness; between friends. between humanity and nature, or between humanity and the cosmos.



Inhalt

Contents

Preface by Ronald A. Bosco
Translator's Note by Andrew Gebert

Poems

Blossoms That Scatter (1945)
Mount Fuji and the Poet (1947)
Morigasaki Beach (1947)
Offering Prayers at Mount Fuji (1950)
I Offer This to You (1951)
Travelers (1952)
Spring Breezes (1950s)
Autumn Wind (1950s)
Daybreak (1966)
Pampas Grass (c. 1970)
To My Young Friends (1970-71)
The People (1971)
Weeds (1971)
Mother (1971)
The Crisp Day We Parted (1972)
Song of the Crimson Dawn (1981)
Youth, Scale the Mountain of Kosen-rufu of the 21st Century (1981)
Days of Value (1985-87)
My Mentor, Josei Toda (1986)
Arise, the Sun of the Century - On the thirtieth anniversary of the kosen-rufu movement in America (1987)
Toll the Bell of the New Renaissance - To My Dear Fellow Members of Italy (1987)
Dunhuang - For Chang Shu Hong, director emeritus of Dunhuang Research Institute (1987)
Like Mount Fuji - Recalling the late Eiji Yoshikawa (1987)
The Lion's Land, Mother India - To the Youthful Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi (1987)
Youthful Country with a Shining Future - To my dear friends in Malaysia (1988)
Be an Eternal Bastion of Peace - To my dear friends in Okinawa (1988)
Embracing the Skies of Kirghiz - for Chingiz Aitmatov, standard-bearer of perestroika (1989)
Banner of Humanism, Path of Justice - Dedicated to Nelson Mandela, sublime champion of humanism (1990)
Mother of Art, the Sunlight of Happiness - To Nataliya Sats with affection and respect (1990)
Shine Brilliantly! Crown of the Mother of the Philippines - Dedicated with profound respect to President Corazon Aquino (1991)
May the Laurels of Kings Adorn Your Lives - To my beloved young friends in Germany (1991)
Like the Sun Rising - Offered to Walt Whitman, poet of the people, on the centenary of his passing, with affection and respect (1992)
Cosmic Traveler, Our Century's Premier Violinist - To Sir Yehudi Menuhin, with my profound respect (1992)
The Sun of Jiyu over a New Land - To my treasured friends of Los Angeles, the city of my dreams (1993)
Salute to Mothers (1995)
Unfurl the Banner of Youth - Ode to My Young Successors, Our Treasures of Soka (1998)
The Poet - Warrior of the Spirit - Dedicated to Dr. Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali, a great poet fighting for human rights (1998)
May the Fragrant Laurels of Happiness Adorn Your Life - Dedicated to my beloved young women's division members (1999)
The Noble Voyage of Life - Dedicated to my respected and esteemed friends in the SGI men's division (1999)
Standing Among the Ruins of Takiyama Castle - To my beloved Soka students and members of the student division nationwide (2000)
The Path to a Peaceful World, a Garden for Humankind (2000)
Together Holding Aloft Laurels of the People's Poetry - Dedicated to Dr. Esther Gress, Poet Laureate, with affection and respect (2000)
Eternally Radiant Champion of Humanity (2001)
August 15 - The Dawn of a New Day (2001)
Salute to the Smiling Faces of the Twenty-first Century - This poem is dedicated to my dear young friends of the Beyer Elementary School (2001)
The Promise of a Majestic Peace (2003)
The Triumph of the Human Spirit (2006)
Pampas Grass, the Poet's Friend (2007)
In Praise of Morning Glories - A Flower Loved by All (2007)
Salute to Poets - Offered with deepest respect to the wise members of the World Congress of Poets, who struggle daily for the cause of peace and humanity (2007)


Glossary
Appendix The Poems in This Volume and Their Japanese Titles
Bibliography
About the Author

Produktinformationen

Titel: Journey of Life
Untertitel: Selected Poems of Daisaku Ikeda
Autor:
EAN: 9780857735621
ISBN: 978-0-85773-562-1
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: I.B.Tauris
Genre: Diverses
Anzahl Seiten: 432
Veröffentlichung: 20.05.2014
Jahr: 2014
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 5.4 MB