Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

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Stanford University Press, 2008 - 416
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Murmured Conversations is the first complete and rigorously annotated translation of Sasamegoto (1463–1464), considered the most important and representative poetic treatise of the medieval period in Japan because of its thoroughgoing construction of poetry as a way to attain, and signify through language, the mental liberation (satori) that is the goal of Buddhist practice. It is a fascinating document revealing the central place of Buddhist philosophy in medieval Japanese artistic practices. Shinkei (1406–1475), the author of the treatise, is himself a major poet, regarded as the most brilliant among the practitioners of linked poetry (renga) in the Muromachi Period.

Along with the extensive annotations, Ramirez-Christensen's commentaries illuminate the significance of each section of the treatise within the context of waka and renga poetics, of the history of classical Japanese aesthetic principles in general and of Shinkei's thought in particular, and the role of Buddhism in the contemporary understanding of cultural practices like poetry. This is the most comprehensive presentation available in English of a major classical Japanese critical text.
 

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Introduction
1
part
6
Prologue
11
Renga History
12
On the Tsukubashū
16
PostShinkokinshū Waka
19
Ancient and MiddlePeriod Renga
21
The Character of the Work of the Early Masters
23
Semantic Confusion
91
Incomprehensibility
93
The Close Link and the Distant Link
96
On Henjodaikyokuryū as the Structure of the Renga Link
102
The Six Types of Poetry
109
Poetry Contests and Criticism
114
Marks and Grade Points in Renga
116
Ones True Poetry Emerges in Old Age
118

The Style of Ineffable Depth Yūgen
27
Learning and the Study of Renga
36
The Role of Waka in Renga Training
40
On Hokku
42
Double Meaning in Poetry
45
The Manifold Configurations of Poetry
48
The Roots of Poetry in Temporality
51
Poetic Process as a Contemplation
53
The Wisdom of Nondiscrimination
56
Right Teaching and the Individual Poet
58
The Influence of Companions in the Way
60
Poetry and the Mundane Mind
62
The Issue of Fame as Index of Poetic Value
64
Poetry Is an Existential Discipline
66
Poetry Is a SelfConsuming Passion
68
Worldly Glory Versus Reclusive Concentration
71
Criticism Is a Function of Ones Own Limitations
73
Sitting with a Master
75
Constant Practice Is Decisive
77
Valorizing the Deviant or Obscure
79
The Difficulty of Comprehending Superior Poetry
81
The Vulgar Verse
83
Plagiarism
86
Excessive Straining After Effect
89
The State of Renga in Our Time
120
part
135
About Henjodaikyokuryū
137
The Central Place of Grace en in the Poetic Process
140
Verses on the Moon Flowers and Snow
143
The Verse of Ineffable Remoteness Yōon
145
The Question of Morality and Freedom
148
Poetry and Zen Meditation the Cosmic Body and the True Word
153
The Link Between Maeku and Tsukeku
156
The Nature and Goal of Criticism
159
Selecting Friends of the Way
162
The Close Link and the Distant Link
164
On the Issue of the Ultimate Style
167
Orthodoxy and Plurality
173
Heredity Social Status and the Way
180
Mutually Supportive and Antagonistic Arts
188
The Question of the True Buddha and
197
Epilogue
204
Biographical Notes
337
Bibliography
361
Character List
371
Index of First Lines
399
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Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen is Professor of Japanese Literature at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Heart's Flower: The Life and Poetry of Shinkei (Stanford, 1994), and the co-editor of The Father-Daughter Plot: Japanese Literary Women and the Law of the Father (2001).

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