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Motoori Norinaga and the Cultural Construction of Japan

in Imagining Harmony: Poetry, Empathy, and Community in Mid-Tokugawa Confucianism and Nativism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804761574
eISBN:
9780804776394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804761574.003.0007
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter shows how Kamo no Mabuchi's follower Motoori Norinaga presented a more complex vision of poetic authenticity, one that revealed more concern than Mabuchi had with the difficulties of ... More


Emptiness and Temporality: Buddhism and Medieval Japanese Poetics

Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748889
eISBN:
9780804779401
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748889.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This book is an account of classical Japanese poetics, based on the two concepts of emptiness (jo-ha-kyū) and temporality (mujō) that ground the medieval practice and understanding of poetry. It ... More


Poetry is an Existential Discipline

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/9780804748636.003.0021
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter is often cited as evidence that Shinkei identified the Way of Poetry with the Way of Buddhism, but Kidō rejects this notion because the two activities differ in terms of aims. While the ... More


Introduction

in Imagining Harmony: Poetry, Empathy, and Community in Mid-Tokugawa Confucianism and Nativism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804761574
eISBN:
9780804776394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804761574.003.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter provides background on eighteenth-century Japanese writers, focusing on the philosophy of the Confucian scholar Ogyū Sorai (1666–1728) who believed that an interest in historical ... More


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

Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This is a complete, annotated translation of Sasamegoto (1463–64), considered the most important and representative poetic treatise of the medieval period in Japan because of its thoroughgoing ... More


The Heike Poets

Anne Commons

in Lovable Losers: The Heike in Action and Memory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824846756
eISBN:
9780824868246
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824846756.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This essay examines the activities and legacy of the Ise Taira’s small but influential circle of poets, including Taira no Tsunemori (1124-1185) and Tadanori (1144-1184), who participated—and in some ... More


Post-Shinkokinshū Waka

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/9780804748636.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Sasamegoto and Shinkei's other writings provide unequivocal evidence that the eighth imperial anthology, Shinkokinshū (1205), represents the apogee of waka history. Shinkei's valuation of ... More


The Roots of Poetry in Temporality

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/9780804748636.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Shinkei wants to elevate the character of a renga session by converting it from a mere amusement or an ornament to a convivial social occasion, to a more meaningful activity in which one contemplates ... More


Epilogue

in Imagining Harmony: Poetry, Empathy, and Community in Mid-Tokugawa Confucianism and Nativism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804761574
eISBN:
9780804776394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804761574.003.0008
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter provides some conclusions to the study. This book has examined eighteenth-century Japanese theories of poetry by bringing to the forefront their treatment of poetry as a means for the ... 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


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


Naturalizing the Alien: Yosano Akiko’s Revolution in Verse

Leith Morton

in The Alien Within: Representations of the Exotic in Twentieth-Century Japanese Literature

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832926
eISBN:
9780824870201
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832926.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter analyzes the poetic revolution accomplished mainly by Yosano Akiko: the modernization of traditional Japanese verse through the rewriting in language and content of waka, the mainstream ... More


The Chill and the Meager (Hieyase): Poetics and the Philosophy of the Privative

in Emptiness and Temporality: Buddhism and Medieval Japanese Poetics

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748889
eISBN:
9780804779401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748889.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Shinkei composed a hokku to which Sōgi wrote a tsukeku, providing concrete evidence that Sōgi learned a lot from Shinkei during their mutual participation at sessions in Musashi during the Ōnin War. ... 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


Semantic Confusion

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/9780804748636.003.0032
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Waka includes a form of poetry which is frowned upon. Known as miraiki (prophetic record), this type of poetry purportedly predicts the future, in particular, the dark and final phase of Buddhism. ... More


On Rikugi:: The Six Types of Poetry

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/9780804748636.003.0036
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

In waka, there are six types of poetry called the “six principles” (rikugi). Verses vary from one another according to the idea of rikugi. This chapter analyzes Shinkei's concept of rikugi with ... More


Poetry and the Instantaneous Illumination of Zen

in Emptiness and Temporality: Buddhism and Medieval Japanese Poetics

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748889
eISBN:
9780804779401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748889.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

In Sasamegoto, Shinkei unequivocably identifies poetic practice with Zen meditation, and the poem with the dharani, or True Word. According to Shinkei, “the Way of poetry is the True Word of our ... More


Poetry and the Mundane Mind

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/9780804748636.003.0019
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

In this chapter, Shinkei flatly rejects the notion that a poem's authenticity is determined by popular appeal, or that a poem is “true” if it is comprehensible and interesting even to the untutored. ... More


Worldly Glory Versus Reclusive Concentration

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/9780804748636.003.0023
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter reiterates the view that poetry is an extremely serious activity by citing an anecdote involving Shunzei, Teika, and Tameie implying that the great poet does not demean his art by using ... More


Valorizing the Deviant or Obscure

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/9780804748636.003.0027
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter considers the tendency of rustic poets to dismiss those verses that differ from their own as obscure or deviant. It discusses the idea of pluralism and the notion that a limited mind is ... More


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