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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 Figuration and Metaphorical Shift

The Link as Figuration and Metaphorical Shift

(p.48) Five The Link as Figuration and Metaphorical Shift
Emptiness and Temporality
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In the context of formal poetic rhetoric, the economy of the renga link requires transformation. This process of figuration is evident in Shinkei's analysis, in which he further equates the hen-jo-dai-kyoku-ryū structure with waka poems employing jo no kotoba, an introduction or Preface to the main Statement, and so-called yasumetaru kotoba or pause words, a short preface or “pillow-word” placed in the medial rather than the typical initial position. Both rhetorical figures often end in kakekotoba, or puns, the hinge or joint of a double meaning that disrupts the linear continuity of the poem, causing the meaning to undergo a metaphorical shift from one part to the other. Shinkei's goal is to find in the history of rhetorical structures in Japanese poetry the origins of tsukeai in renga.

Keywords:   renga, figuration, Shinkei, Japanese poetry, link, hen-jo-dai-kyoku-ryū, waka, jo no kotoba, yasumetaru kotoba, metaphorical shift

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