The duel at Yamazaki-Daira

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Hiromi Takahashi (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Fred Chappell

Abstract: The themes I have dealt with in my poems and stories are essential to all nations: struggle for life, love, and death. Those who have little knowledge of Japan or Asia, however, may have some difficulty in understanding them because of the external differences of custom and manners. Although I have tried to give as much information as possible within my works, I am afraid that it may have been insufficient. Taking this opportunity, I should like to give a brief explanation for my poems and stories. Legacy, which is closely related to The Duel at Yamazaki-daira, is my criticism toward those who live on the past and cannot accept new life and love. Especially in my country people tend to put too much emphasis on physical faithfulness. The mother in the poem, however, is really the cruellest adultress and betrayer, even though she did not have any physical relationship with her lover. The daughter may look promiscuous to an outsider, but she dedicates herself to her present lover like Olenka in Chekhov's The Darling, though unlike Olenka she has her own will and determination. It is actually the daughter who is faithful and has the strength to accept reality.

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Language: English
Date: 1967

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