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The Kiso RoadThe Life and Times of Shimazaki Toson$
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William E. Naff and J. Thomas Rimer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832186

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832186.001.0001

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A Poet’s Apprenticeship: 1893–1896

A Poet’s Apprenticeship: 1893–1896

(p.132) 4 A Poet’s Apprenticeship: 1893–1896
The Kiso Road

William E. Naff

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines Shimazaki Tōson's early career as a poet during the period 1893–1896, which saw him struggle to achieve a distinctive and effective literary voice. It first considers how particular visions of William Shakespeare informed Tōson's works, including those that had become current under the sway of Romanticism in England and America. It then discusses Tōson's attempts to carry on Kitamura Tōkoku's work and his decision to publish outside Bungakkai such as Taiyō, which published his On Poetry (Inbun ni tsuite) in its December 1905 issue. It also looks at Tōson's endorsement of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's views on the limitations of the French language before concluding with an overview of Tōson's writings in 1896.

Keywords:   poetry, Shimazaki Tōson, William Shakespeare, Romanticism, Kitamura Tōkoku, Bungakkai, Taiyō, On Poetry, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French language, early career

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