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

By Shuichi Kato

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

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The sea was a small place used by tiny boats and pleasure craft, not the mighty ocean over which great ships sailed to Tang China. Nature to these poets was not vast and wild, but small, gentle and intimate . The Man'yoshii is in the main a collection of love poems, in which the poets imbued nature with their feelings in this way. In the poems of the Mall'yoshii there was also bred a kind of undying love for nature which was not directly connected to human love and loss. This was true of Kurohito's poems and even more so of those of Akahito .

Pillow words and introductory verses were in use before the time of Hitomaro, but no poet before or after him used them quite so effectively. Hitomaro brought the choka to the pinnacle of its achievement. Court poets of the eighth century, such as Yamabe no Akahito, are commonly said to have imitated Hitomaro's choka without achieving his success . One may think, however, that this served to demonstrate vividly that the choka poetic form, for all Hitomaro's technical accomplishments, was suited neither to the Japanese language nor to the Japanese people.

All of which convey related ideas. It is worth noting that this association of ideas is often related to objects from the world of nature. Pillow words and introductory verses were in use before the time of Hitomaro, but no poet before or after him used them quite so effectively. Hitomaro brought the choka to the pinnacle of its achievement. Court poets of the eighth century, such as Yamabe no Akahito, are commonly said to have imitated Hitomaro's choka without achieving his success . One may think, however, that this served to demonstrate vividly that the choka poetic form, for all Hitomaro's technical accomplishments, was suited neither to the Japanese language nor to the Japanese people.

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