Takuboku Ishikawa

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Like to a stone
That rolls down a hill,
I have come to this day.

Takuboku Ishikawa (石川 啄木) (February 20, 1886April 13, 1912) was a Japanese poet.

Quotes[edit]

  • Like to a stone
    That rolls down a hill,
    I have come to this day.
    • A Handful of Sand ("Ichiaku no Suna")
    • Translated by Shio Sakanishi
  • With the troubled eyes of a youth
    I envied
    Birds flying—
    Flying they sang.
    • A Handful of Sand ("Ichiaku no Suna")
    • Translated by Shio Sakanishi
  • Running away From the window of a classroom,
    Alone,
    I lay down among the ruins of a castle.
    • Quoted in Modern Japanese Literature (1960), p. 208

Quotes about Ishikawa[edit]

  • Ishikawa was a poet of great ability who wanted to develop 'critical realism', but dealt too 'emotively' with human suffering and was isolated from the mainstream of socialist activity. He was passionately in sympathy with the latter, but is marked down as a 'romantic'.
    • E. Stuart Kirby, in Russian studies of Japan: an exploratory survey (1981), p. 103

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