Akiko Yosano

Akiko Yosano

About Akiko Yosano

Akiko Yosano was a japanese poet. She is one of the most famous, and most controversial, post-classical woman poets of Japan. Yosano published her first volume of tanka, Midaregami (Tangled Hair) in 1901. The book was mostly denounced by literary critics and despite the critical reaction, it was widely read and became a sort of lighthouse for free-thinkers of her time. Her first poems book, by far her best known, brought a passionate individualism to traditional tanka poetry, unlike any other work of the late Meiji period.
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