War Poetry and the Voice of the People: Shiratori Shogo as a Grass-roots Writer
- War Poetry and the Voice of the People: Shiratori Shogo as a Grass-roots Writer
- Other Titles
- 白鳥省吾の戦争―〈民の声〉までの距離 ―
- 민중시파; 전쟁시; 민요; 세계대전; 『지상낙원』; ‘Grass-roots poets’; war poetry; World War; folk ballad (local folk song); ‘The Earthly Paradise’
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- 일본학보, no.99, pp.259 - 271
- This article focuses on SHIRATORI Seigo, investigating his poetic intention as a representative of ‘the Grass-roots poets’ (民衆詩派). It presents material from the magazine titled ‘The Earthly Paradise’ that was edited by Shiratori and others.
Broadly speaking, little attention has hither to been paid to individual poets of ‘the Grass-roots poets’ circle (民衆詩派). To date these poets have merely been regarded as mass writers lacking individuality, with their thematic subject and expression being merely prosaic in nature. Deviating from this point of view, this paper intends to re-evaluate the sense of responsibility they had as poets who spoke for the citizenry, to highlight the uniqueness of their fighting spirit under the restrictions of wartime. The research attempts to probe the extent to which Shiratori was aware of internationalism against the background of the First and Second World Wars, as well as the extent to which he tried to harmonize with society.
This study explains Shiratori’s interest in the literary tidal currents of the age, and elaborates on his efforts to collect folk ballads of local regions in Japan, Korea and China in order to versify them in his adopted capacity as representative of ‘the voice of the people’.
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