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Marks and Grade Points in Renga

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0038
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

In waka, renga, and later, haikai, practitioners submitted their work to their teacher or other respected poets for evaluation. The teacher would scrutinize the poem before giving a “grade” for each ... More


The “Vulgar” Verse

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0029
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Bonzoku is a Buddhist term which, in the secular sense, means “dull, trite, commonplace, common, vulgar, inferior, and mediocre.” Shinkei offers examples of vulgarity in conception or feeling ... More


Plagiarism

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0030
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

One commits plagiarism (dōrui) when he/she copies the exact or closely similar words or conception of a poem. Plagiarism was not allowed in waka, renga, and later haikai, although it was widespread ... More


Excessive Straining After Effect

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0031
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter presents two verses to show that poets err through excess due to lack of proportion, restraint, and precision in using their poetic tools. Shinkei does not fault these verses for ... More


Incomprehensibility

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0033
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

In waka, there is a type of verse called mushin shojaku, which literally means “not to be grasped by the mind,” that is, incomprehensible. It is a technical term derived from kambun syntax and it ... More


Poetry Contests and Criticism

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0037
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

A practice in waka was to hold poetry contests (uta awase), when poems were subjected to varying praise and criticism which exposed even their slightest flaws while the poets' names were withheld ... More


One's True Poetry Emerges in Old Age

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0039
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

According to Shinkei, some skilled poets reject the idea of studying poetry in their old age. He argues that the Way of Poetry is intended to be cultivated by the calm and liberated spirit, and that ... More


Selecting Friends of the Way

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0049
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter is about the recognition and support that kindred spirits render each other and argues that what friends have in common is expressed as a deep feeling (nasake fukashi). The term nasake ... More


Orthodoxy and Plurality

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0053
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

In this chapter, Shinkei talks about the notion that a style is not in accord with the Way unless it is the orthodox style. That may be true when the issue is about the language of renga, but its ... More


The Impartiality of Divine Response

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0055
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

To celebrate the benefits of the Dharma (hōraku), it was a common practice in Japan during the medieval period to make offerings of poetry (waka, renga, kanshi) as well as Nō plays and other ... More


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