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  • Japanese Literature: Forms of Waka, Tosa Nikki and Oku no Hosomichi

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    history of literature in Japan, in particular of poetry is quite extensive. If we begin with Manyoushuu, compiled in 770, until the present day, the history of waka is over one thousand two hundred years long. Such a vast collection of literature enables us to take a look Japanese history through its poetry and prose. The development of waka and the changes it underwent over time are not solely the reflection of an art form, but also of its authors. Their social status, values, subject choices, and

  • The Poetry of Tosa Nikki and Oku No Hosomichi

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    characters (kana) and interspersing poetry (waka) throughout, he was further able to convey many of the emotional aspects of his journey from Tosa. Matsuo Basho’s Oku no hosomichi details the journey of Basho from Edo far to the north into territories of Japan that were considered rather dangerous to go to during his time, but Basho had always dreamed of seeing, perhaps greatly in part from Basho’s desires to emulate Saigyo, whom he considered to be the greatest waka poet. Basho visited many of the places

  • Poetry of the Heian Period

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    regarded as a reflection of culture and status and that its significance was higher than prose (Keene 4-5). In time, waka became a part of everyday life for the aristocracy. It also played an important part in the interaction between the sexes by bridging physical separation and acting as the primary means for communication between the two parties (Shirane 113). The important role of waka in the society is the basis for using poetry in narrative prose. In other words, as poetry was part of their daily

  • Man’yōshū vs. Kokinshū

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    Anthology of Japanese Literature, from the Earliest Era to the Mid-nineteenth Century. New York: Grove, 1955. Print. McCullough, Helen Craig., and Tsurayuki Ki. Kokin Wakashū: the First Imperial Anthology of Japanese Poetry : with Tosa Nikki and Shinsen Waka. Stanford, CA: Stanford Univ., 1985. Print.

  • Man’yōshū and Kokinshū

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    sense could be portrayed as ten thousand generations. It is also seen as the earliest official oldest and greatest anthologies of Japanese poetry. Regardless of its name (could be seen as ten thousand poems) it actually only is composed of about 4,500 waka or 20 poem books. One distinction that could be made despite its popularity is it has no preface. Man’yōshū stands out because of its possession of passion, sincerity (or Makoto 真), pleasantness and most of all, it is really straightforward and to

  • Tosa Nikki and Oku no hosomichi

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    more for fellow nobles and aristocrats. Oku no Hosomichi includes poetry that would not be considered as a high literary art form in the Heian period. Most of the imagery he used would not be commonly found in waka poetry. Bashō’s poems included imagery that was not conventional in waka poetry, such as sleeping in an unpleasant house: Bitten by fleas and lice/I slept in a bed/A horse urinating all the time/Close to my pillow (Bashō 120).” This poem serves as an example of how blunt some of Bashō’s

  • Man’yōshū vs. Kokinshū and Their Significance

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    sometime after AD 759 during the Nara Period. It contains over 4,000 poems, mostly tanka, that date before the end of the eighth century, and the writings are somewhat divided chronologically into four periods. Almost two centuries later, the Kokin waka shū or Kokinshū, meaning “Collection of Poems Ancient and Modern,” was compiled under the imperial command of Emperor Daigo in AD 905 during the Heian Period by several well-known poets like Ki no Tsurayuki. Unlike the Man’yōshū, the Kokinshū’s 1,111

  • Experience of Love in Man’yōshū and Kokinshū

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    collection of Japanese poetry compiled in 759 CE. During the Nara period when the Japanese were massively importing everything from culture to bureaucratic systems to literature from China, the Man’yōshū was created to differentiate Japanese poetry or waka from Chinese poetry. It is also known for containing poets from various social classes and areas in Japan. This is particularly unique since the later anthologies compiled under imperial order were exclusive to the aristocracy. Moreover, the poetic

  • Manyoshu vs. Kokinshu: Roles and Significance

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    The Manyoshu (meaning the "collection to be handed down throughout ten thousand eras" or the "collection of ten thousand leaves") is known as the oldest existing collection of Japanese poetry and was compiled during the Nara period. This anthology is highly revered in Japan because of this and contains some 4,500 poems spread among 20 volumes. The collection contains 265 choka (long poems), 4,207 tanka (short poems), one tanrenga (short connecting poem), one bussokusekika (poems on the Buddha's footprints

  • Man’yōshū and Kokinshū Demonstrated Japan’s Literary Achievements

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    able to express their thoughts and feelings openly by creating a wide variety of waka. This set the stage for the Kokinshu whose poems became the standard in writing Japanese poetry for the next century and lasted up until the eighteenth century. Works Cited Handout 2: Man’yoshu Handout 4: Kokin waka shu Keene, Donald. Anthology Of Japanese Literature. Groove Press. New York 1955. Man'yoshu & The Imperial Waka Collections. http://web-japan.org/museum/others/uta/ tanka/tanka_02.htm The Kokinwakashu

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