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The Poetry and Poetics of Ancient Japan

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It was the noblewomen of the Xth and XIth centuries who freed Japanese literature from the domination of formal Chinese writing to create a poetry shaped by spoken Japanese. Many centuries later it was again women, this time courtesans and prostitutes, who through popular song liberated a poetry more and more restricted by increasingly rarified conventions. In this remarkable book, the poet Ooka Makoto, who is also, in Donald Keene's words, a major critic, perhaps the finest in Japan today, opens the great ...
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Overview

It was the noblewomen of the Xth and XIth centuries who freed Japanese literature from the domination of formal Chinese writing to create a poetry shaped by spoken Japanese. Many centuries later it was again women, this time courtesans and prostitutes, who through popular song liberated a poetry more and more restricted by increasingly rarified conventions. In this remarkable book, the poet Ooka Makoto, who is also, in Donald Keene's words, a major critic, perhaps the finest in Japan today, opens the great library of poetry anthologies compiled by Imperial order. He also recreates in detail the social, political, and cultural realities surrounding the development of Japanese poetry from ancient until modern times.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780942668513
  • Publisher: Katydid Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: Reflections Ser.
  • Pages: 141

Table of Contents

Suguwara no Michizane, Heian poet and Statesman: An example of the profound difference between Japanese poetry and Chinese kanshi 11
Ki no Tsurayuki: The basic concepts of poetry anthologies compiled by Imperial Order 39
Great Women Poets of the Nara and Heian Eras 63
Landscape Poetry 87
Popular Songs of the Middle Ages in Japan 111
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