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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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Excessive Straining After Effect

Excessive Straining After Effect

(p.89) Thirty Excessive Straining After Effect
Murmured Conversations
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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 deviating from a decorous norm and are thus deemed unnatural. He defends poets from charges of excess and deviancy by appealing to the essential freedom of the creative imagination. In fact, he himself had been guilty of using the kind of inverted and illogical syntax cited by Retired Emperor Juntoku in Yakumo mishō. In poetry, even the most exaggerated conception or unnatural diction is justified, as long as it contributes to the moving quality, charismatic appeal, or evocative power that constitutes Shinkei's ideal of the quintessentially poetic (en).

Keywords:   Japanese poetry, Shinkei, en, excess, deviancy, Juntoku, creative imagination

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