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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 Character of the Work of the Early Masters

The Character of the Work of the Early Masters

(p.23) Six The Character of the Work of the Early Masters
Murmured Conversations
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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 a dialogic exchange based on the poet's reading of the maeku. Hence, the central issue of tsukeai directly depends on the question of value, that is, the ethos of language usage for interpersonal communication, on the one hand, and creativity as a desired value, on the other. Shinkei cites eight verse pairs as examples of the intelligence with which renga masters of the early period (that is, the time of Retired Emperor Go-Toba and Teika, and later that of Yoshimoto and Gusai) appended their following verse (tsukeku). The verses are linked through the conception of the maeku, with the poet skillfully choosing which words are important in the maeku and accordingly linking up to them.

Keywords:   Shinkei, maeku, renga, tsukeai, Japanese poetry, verses, link, kokoro

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