BL. W. B. Yeats
78. Sangû, Makoto. ‘Yeats to Nippon’ (Yeats and Japan). In Shomotsu to chosha (Books and authors). Tokyo: Azuma shobô, 1949.
As much a lamentation that Yeats was never able to
visit Japan as an overview of his Japanese interests. Sangû believes
that of all English literary figures Yeats and Binyon had the greatest
interest in Japan, and that Yeats, stimulated by Pound and Fenollosa’s
work with the nô, had a ‘longing’ (dôkei)
for the country and understood it more deeply than any English writer
of his generation.