BD. Edmund Blunden
3. Far East. [Tokyo: privately printed], 1925.
Blunden’s Christmas card for 1925 (see also
and 67). A speaker is moved by the beauty
of rural Japan, though here more than in similar Blunden poems of the
period diction and syntax have been twisted to fit a meter unmatched to
the subject, images are hyperbolic, and rhyme is strained. A morning labourer
in a field ‘smiles’ in line 22, for example, and is forced
into being ‘The Oriental Giles’ by the end of the stanza.
As in The Visitor (26)
the poem is an attempt to see Japan as essentially like England. Reprinted
in 18, 27,
30, and 162.