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Murmured ConversationsA Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei$
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Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804748636

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.001.0001

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On the Tsukubashū

On the Tsukubashū

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(p.16) Three On the Tsukubashū
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Murmured Conversations
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0004

The Tsukubashū, an anthology of various renga configurations, was compiled by Nijō Yoshimoto in 1356 and 1357, with the invaluable assistance of Gusai and his disciples. Modeled after the imperial waka anthologies, the Tsukubashū is composed of twenty sections subdivided by topic: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter; Sacred Rites (Shintō), Buddhism, Love, Miscellaneous, Travel, Celebrations, Miscellaneous Forms, and Hokku. It has a total of 2,190 verses, including 119 hokku, from 460 poets. Shinkei consistently cites the so-called middle period (nakatsukoro) in the treatise's historical construction as a period of decline in the quality of renga composition.

Keywords:   Tsukubashū, renga, Nijō Yoshimoto, Shinkei, middle period, waka, Gusai, Japanese poetry, anthology

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