A History of Japanese Literature: From the Manyoshu to by Shuichi Kato

By Shuichi Kato

A brand new simplified variation translated by way of Don Sanderson. the unique three-volume paintings, first released in 1979, has been revised especially as a unmarried quantity paperback which concentrates at the improvement of jap literature.

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In some poems written during sickness he hints at Buddhist thought but this goes no farther than laments for this life: ' How brief is this lease of life' (Vol. 17, poem 3963) and '[This body of mine] is insubstantial as foam' (Vol. 20, poem 4470). There is no concern for the afterlife; Yakamochi did not incline towards a Buddhist world-view. Yakamochi's achievement as a p oet lies in his polished sentiments on the world of nature and these courtly waka o pened the way to the Kokinshii anthology and even to the later Slrin- Kokinwaknslzii..

The 'love of nature' which appears in lyric poetry was the result of the refinement of the sensitivities of city people. There are no elegies among the Azamauta; death was not a central preoccupation for the poets who were thoroughly 'this-worldly' in their attitudes. Second, popular beliefs, so far as they are manifested in the Azama-uta, were all concerned with achieving results (wheth er for good or ill) in this world, and in the near future. Third, the basic principle ordering human affairs seems to have been harmony within the group (especially the village community and the family).

His elegies for his dead wife (Vol. 5, poems 794-799) contain a preface, written in Chinese and replete with Buddhist terminology, in which he suggests that this world is not merely transient but sordid and concludes that since life is short, this life is a preparation for the life to come - a next-worldly philosophy which is the complete antithesis of Tabito's 'Epicurean' stance. Okura wrote his poems on subjects not treated by his contemporaries and seldom ever touched on again before the nineteenth century.

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