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Ancient and Middle-Period 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/9780804748636.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter constitutes Shinkei's most important statement in Sasamegoto I on linking (tsukeai) in renga. Here, he argues that the link between verses has priority over the words of each verse. For ... More


The Role of Waka in Renga Training

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/9780804748636.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Renga differs from waka in a number of ways. For example, renga diction makes greater use of ellipses, nominals, and verbals with no modal suffixes. In addition, the rhythm of the single 5-7-5- or ... More


The Character of the Work of the Early Masters

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/9780804748636.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

According to Shinkei, a proper link is based on the meaning, conception, or feeling (kokoro) of the maeku, not on its words (kotoba) or external configuration (sugata). For Shinkei, the renga link is ... 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


Linking by Words and by Mind: Understanding, Interpretation, and Iterability

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/9780804748889.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

A good link generates a feeling of tension and liberation, which is the mark that the poet has grappled with the integral meaning, “intention,” or feeling of the maeku through the contemplative ... More


Linking as Hermeneutical Process

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/9780804748889.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

In renga, poetic composition is an interpretive act before it is a creative one; creativity is based on the quality of interpretation of the previous verse. This hermeneusis implies that renga is not ... More


The Link Betwee Maeku and Tsukeku

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/9780804748636.003.0047
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter focuses on the link between maeku and tsukeku and offers an implicit analogy between the process of linking up to the maeku in renga and the relation between a waka poem and its assigned ... More


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