The Road - Japanese / English

Germain Droogenbroodt

The Road - Japanese / English

paperback/ gebrocheerd: € 10.95

ISBN: 978-94-90347-16-1, geïllustreerd, 72 blz., October 2012, Verscheidene talen
Formaat: 21.5 (h) x 13.5 (b) x 0.7 (d) cm. Gewicht: 150 gram.

Uitgever: Boekenplan

trefwoorden: Japanese poetry


“The road is constantly deedless and yet there is nothing, not being done”
The title of the present book might be regarded as a reference to Taoism and one could classify some of the poems as yin and others as yang which, however, would be a rather incomplete approach.
The collection is in fact one long poem, a lyrical meditation of the poet, who visited the East more than fifty times and, amongst others, rendered Chinese and Korean poetry.
“The Road” (read TAO), contains references to Greek mythology, such as Pegasus, the winged horse with the golden bridle, which created fountains with its hooves, or to Nyx, goddess of the night and daughter of Chaos. But the collection equally contains references to Hinduism and to ZEN Buddhism, to the “Gateless Gate” or imagined gate, barriers existing only in the mind, which one has to cross to reach “The Road”. The majority of the poems were written in India, which obviously has left traces in the collection.
“The Road” can also be regarded as the road of mankind: its past, its present and - its unpredictable - future. But it is, more than anything else, the road of the poet himself, a lyrical record of his personal experience of various cultures, religions, and philosophies, in which one will find Western thinking in harmony with Oriental values put in their old, still up to date, or new, contemporary context and experience.

The present book, written at Fort Castle Neemrana in Rajasthan and illustrated by Satish Gupta, has so far been Germain Droogenbroodts most successful poetry book, published in more than 20 countries, including in Arabic, Czech, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish, Mongolian and in Chinese, thus having become again “TAO”...

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