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In writing The Pisan Cantos, Pound created one of the single greatest achievements in 20th century English poetry, integrating traditional Japanese poetic forms with a modern theatrical context. The poems take the form of Scarfed masks of the dead, based on a Japanese form known as kabuki. The Metamorphoses is one of the works Pound published as Japanese Poetry in 1917. They were selected by Pound from a translation by Cecile Colas (1860-1940), then Pound's wife, to establish the legitimacy of vernacular Japanese literature in Europe. Pound took this opportunity to praise Colas as a major figure in the development of Japanese literature, and to question the view that Basho's Love Song to a Finch, or The Night Boat was the most famous work in traditional Japanese literature. Pound believed, in his introduction to the Metamorphoses, that Japanese culture experienced a spiritual revival in the 17th century, when the Japanese began to use the exquisite qualities of their language to distinguish the finer things in life, and to attain a clearer and truer view of reality. It led to a sharp rise in artistic levels in poetry, painting, calligraphy, and the various performing arts. The Japanese poet and social reformer Koka Saeki (1670-1743, 花椿 明賀 Kuro-saeki Intellectual of Japan in the 17th Century) tried to utilise this in his poetry and prose. Saeki believed the traditional education of his people was too impoverished, and proposed that the Japanese should be taught in a more aesthetic way that distanced itself from Spartan methods of classical education. Colas said in her introduction that the Japanese language allowed this to happen, with its character based on the Japanese syllabic system of writing. It enabled a language to express abstract qualities that the ancient Chinese language lacked. The spiritual awakening in Japan was expressed in the 18th century period known as the "flowering“ of Japanese literature, with poetry and many aspects of the performing arts. These included the kabuki theatre, court ceremonies, and the kyoka, the art of flower bouquets. There was also a revival of Japanese calligraphy, painting, wood-carving, lacquer; and there was a great tradition of poetry, especially at the Japanese emperor's court. d2c66b5586


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