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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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Learning and the Study of Renga

Learning and the Study of Renga

(p.36) Eight Learning and the Study of Renga
Murmured Conversations
Stanford University Press

A quoted passage in Lord Teika's Kindai shūka (Superior Poems of Our Time) holds the clue to the question of whether he actually intended the “pre-Kampyō” period to cover both the age of “the six poet-immortals” (rokkasen) and the more ancient Man'yōshū poetry. In the context of Sasamegoto, Shinkei's interpretation was driven by a desire to promote the study of that ancient classic as against the commonly held view of its difficulty. He refers to the Man'yōshū, which he included in the renga poet's classical education, in Part II of Sasamegoto in the context of a central passage that defines poetic beauty as primarily a quality of mind (kokoro) rather than diction (kotoba) and configuration (sugata). With respect to the case of the study of poetic styles, Shinkei agrees with Teika's argument that the style of simplicity and grace should be mastered once an individual starts training, and that the Demon-Quelling Style can be achieved only at the end of the training.

Keywords:   Teika, Shinkei, pre-Kampyō period, Japanese poetry, Sasamegoto, Man'yōshū, kokoro, Demon-Quelling Style, renga

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