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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 Link Betwee Maeku and Tsukeku

The Link Betwee Maeku and Tsukeku

(p.156) Forty-Six The Link Betwee Maeku and Tsukeku
Murmured Conversations
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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 topic. According to Shinkei, the link between two verses in renga is not visible or explicit. Instead, it must be read in the tight space that separates them. In other words, a single verse is meaningless apart from its maeku. In waka, the orthodox practice involved explicitly mentioning the words of the topic in the diction of the poem. In the putative Teika treatise Sangoki and Imagawa Ryōshun's Isshiden (or Benyōshō) (1409), however, the subtle, evocative effect achieved by their deliberate omission is lauded. Shinkei's point is that renga practice is not much different when the maeku is regarded as the context that generates the tsukeku.

Keywords:   maeku, tsukeku, renga, waka, Japanese poetry, Shinkei, Sangoki, Isshiden, Imagawa Ryōshun, Teika

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