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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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The State of Renga in Our Time

The State of Renga in Our Time

(p.120) Thirty-Nine The State of Renga in Our Time
Murmured Conversations
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In this chapter, Shinkei sees the present state of renga in a negative way and is equally pessimistic about its future. It is clear that he was lamenting the decline of poetry during his era similar to the alleged Counterfeit and Degenerate Age of the Buddhist Dharma. Furthermore, Shinkei argues that poetry is unimportant relative to the more exigent and transcendent claims of religious enlightenment. In 1463, during a perilous mission in Wakayama, Shinkei ends on a tremendously fragile note, but this same ambivalence became an occasion to begin all over again two years later, when he was safely back in the capital and rethinking his concept of the nonduality of the Ways of Poetry and Buddhism, the distinguishing feature of Sasamegoto II.

Keywords:   Sasamegoto, Shinkei, renga, Japanese poetry, Buddhism, Wakayama, nonduality

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