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Emptiness and TemporalityBuddhism and Medieval Japanese Poetics$
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Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804748889

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804748889.001.0001

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the Link as a Structure of Signification

the Link as a Structure of Signification

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Shinkei offered his most concrete explanation and illustration of the link in his adaptation of the hen-jo-daikyoku-ryū structural concept of waka to renga. His theory of tsukeai provides an avenue for directly correlating, if not completely fusing, poetry and philosophy. Moreover, Shinkei's understanding of tsukeai is comparable to contemporary Western theories of structuralism and deconstruction that are relevant to the questions of meaning, “truth,” difference, and the metaphor. The treatise Sangoki, Shinkei's most likely source, describes a technical term referring to the structural sequence of the five-line waka, hen-jo-dai-kyoku-ryū. A look at some examples shows that the tsukeku, which itself has no explicit meaning or intention, reflects the meaning of maeku. Shinkei's adaptation of the hen-jo-dai-kyoku-ryū concept to renga linking is related to yukiyō, the movement of the sequence as a whole. It is precisely in the sense of yukiyō that the link between renga, deconstruction, and Buddhist philosophy becomes evident.

Keywords:   Shinkei, link, renga, waka, hen-jo-daikyoku-ryū, tsukeai, deconstruction, Buddhist philosophy, yukiyō, Japanese poetry

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