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Author Tanaka, Hiroyoshi Taiken
Title Buddhism in some American poets: Dickinson, Williams, Stevens and Snyder
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Descript 234 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 69-06, Section: A, page: 2262
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Aichi Gakuin Daigaku (Japan), 2007
The purpose of the work. The object of this book is to study the links between American poetry and Buddhism. We see how American poets are influenced by Buddhism, which has enriched American poetry and American literature. This study deepens our understanding of American poetry from the perspective of Buddhism
How was the research conducted? This book focuses on the leading poets from each period: Emily Dickinson from the American Renaissance, William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens from Modernism, and Gary Snyder from Postmodernism. In chapter one I examine the relation of some poems of Emily Dickinson to Buddhism based on two texts of Thomas Wentworth Higginson: "The Buddhist Path of Virtue" (1871) and of "The Character of Buddha" (1872). In chapter two I show the relation of some poems of William Carlos Williams to Buddhism through Octavio Paz, Japanese Lyrics by Lafcadio Hearn, Allen Ginsberg and Osamu Dazai. In chapter three I discuss the relation of some poems of Wallace Stevens to Buddhism, Wallace Stevens often uses negative words in his poems. My task is to investigate the relation of the negative words of Wallace Stevens to the Zen Buddhism spirit "mu" or nothingness. Chapter four is devoted to the relation of Gary Snyder to Buddhism. This chapter deals with Snyder's poems influenced both by Miyazawa Kenji, and by the works of Zen Master Dogen
The results and conclusions drawn. From chapter one I draw the tentative conclusion that we see a similarity between some poems of Emily Dickinson and Zen Buddhism through the themes of simplicity, immensity, love, compassion, and the thought of life. Chapters two and three suggest it is probably safe to conclude that William Carlos Williams understood Japanese culture and Buddhism through the works of both Kakuzo Okakura and Lafcadio Hearn and wrote some Buddhist-like poems. Chapter four explores the explicit interest in Buddhism in the work of Gary Snyder; he has practiced Zen meditation and continues to write poems about Buddhism
To summarize, this book traces Buddhist influences, sometimes explicit and sometimes implied, in American poetry of the last century and a half
School code: 4043
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 69-06A
Subject Literature, Comparative
Literature, Modern
Religion, Philosophy of
American Studies
Literature, American
Alt Author Aichi Gakuin Daigaku (Japan)
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