Poems of the Five Mountains
An Introduction to the Literature of the Zen Monasteries
These poems composed by Japanese Zen monks represent a portion of the best of the writing called "literature of the five mountains."
This second, revised edition of a pioneering volume, long out of print, presents translations of Japanese Zen poems on sorrow, old age, homesickness, the seasons, the ravages of time, solitude, the scenic beauty of the landscape of Japan, and monastic life. Composed by Japanese Zen monks who lived from the last quarter of the thirteenth century to the middle of the fifteenth century, these poems represent a portion of the best of the writing called in Japanese gozan bungaku, "literature of the five mountains."
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