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A History of Japanese Literature [NOOK Book]

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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing ...
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A History of Japanese Literature

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Overview

This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.
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  • BN ID: 2940029791122
  • Publisher: D. Appleton and company
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1899 volume

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few have reached us, the best known of which is the IdzumoFudoki, written in 733. It contains a very few interesting legendary passages, but as a whole it consists of bald statements of fact, and must be classed with Charles Lamb's Biblia Abiblia or "Books that are No Books." It was the forerunner of the very considerable1 modern topographical literature known to us as Meisho. The only other Japanese prose compositions of this time which need be noticed are the Imperial Edicts contained in the Shoku-nihongi, a continuation (in Chinese) of the Nihongi. Their style much resembles that of the Norito, Motoori has edited them in a separate form with a commentary. CHAPTER II JAPANESE POETRY GENERALLY THE "MANYOSHIU" BEFORE proceeding to an examination of the Nara poetry, it seems desirable to give an account of those characteristics of Japanese poetry generally which distinguish it in a conspicuous manner from that of Europe. Narrow injtsjscope and resourcesit js.jshiefly remarkable for its limitations for what it has not, rather than forwHaTit.has. In the first place trTere are no long poems. There is nothing which even remotely resembles an epic no Iliad or Divina Commedia not even a Nibdungen Lied or Chevy Chase. Indeed, jjajrative poems of any kind are short and very few, the only ones wh1c1TTnaveinet with being two or three ballads of a sentimental cast. Didactic, philosophical, political, and satirical poems arealso conspicuously absent. The Japanese muse does not meddle with such subjects, and it is doubtful whether, if it did, the native Pegasus' possesses sufficient staying power for them to be dealt with adequately. For dramatic poetry we have to wait until the fourteenthcentury. Even then there are no complete dramatic poems, but only dramas containing a certain...
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