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by Yone Noguchi

The poems are imbued with a sense of melancholy and nostalgia, evoking the beauty and transience of life. Noguchi's poetry is characterized by its spare, delicate language and its ability to convey deep emotion with subtle imagery. The collection is divided into two sections: "Kamakura" and "A Litany in Time of Plague." The first section comprises a series of poems that reflect Noguchi's experiences in Kamakura, a place of great historical and cultural significance in Japan. The poems explore themes of beauty, nature, and the transience of life, and are suffused with a sense of longing and loss. The second section of the collection, "A Litany in Time of Plague," reflects the impact of the bubonic plague on Noguchi's life and work. The poems in this section are more somber and reflective, but still retain Noguchi's characteristic sense of beauty and delicacy. "Kamakura" is considered a seminal work in modern Japanese poetry, and Noguchi is often credited with helping to introduce Western poetry to Japanese audiences. His work continues to be celebrated for its beauty, emotional depth, and its ability to capture the essence of the human experience.

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