Manyoshu Summary

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The Manyoshu Study Pack contains about 383 pages of study material in 22 products, including:

Essays & Analysis (22)

2,299 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following excerpt from his survey of Japanese literature, Aston summarizes the principal characteristics of the Man'yōshū and offers several translated examples of the poet... Read more
1,199 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following excerpt, Ceadel comments on the distinctive qualities of the long and short poems in the Man'yōshū. … The waka is a poem consisting of a succession of pair... Read more
3,986 words, approx. 14 pages
In the following excerpt, Putzar traces the development of the Man'yōshū over four periods ranging from 629 to 759 and surveys the collection's principal poetic contributor... Read more
5,494 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following essay, Teele studies the structure of the Man'yōshū, submitting an outline of its contents and offering insights into its editorial organization under Ōtom... Read more
1,418 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following excerpt, Wright considers love themes in the context of seventh- and eighth-century Japanese poetry. The Manyōshū “needs no apologies,” Donald Keene writes... Read more
8,764 words, approx. 30 pages
In the following excerpt, Miller probes the editorial reconstruction of the Man'yōshū over the centuries, examining the myriad ways in which the anthology has been rearranged by f... Read more
8,849 words, approx. 30 pages
In the following excerpt, Konishi discusses the prevailing style of lyric composition in the Man'yōshū, emphasizing individualistic expression and technical innovation. From Kotod... Read more
2,124 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following excerpt, Keene concentrates on the eulogies of Hitomaro and Okaru's “Dialogue on Poverty” as representative works within the Man'yōshū. ... Read more
1,078 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following essay, Rimer briefly encapsulates the Man'yōshū, calling it “the first extensive record of the Japanese emotional response to the world of men and nature.&... Read more
10,684 words, approx. 36 pages
In the following essay, Yiu classifies and analyzes hiyuka poetry as found in the Man'yōshū, defining such works as highly metaphorical poems of Chinese origin but removed from th... Read more
3,229 words, approx. 11 pages
In the following excerpt, Keene elucidates the principal features of the Man'yōshū, including its incorporation of Chinese poetic techniques together with an aversion to Chinese w... Read more
8,840 words, approx. 30 pages
In the following essay, Haga attributes three Man'yōshū elegies to a lost child to Yamanoue no Okura, and analyzes these verses in conjunction with others by Okura on similar them... Read more
6,111 words, approx. 21 pages
In the following essay, Kugé analyzes a poem by Kakinomoto no Hitomaro (Man'yōshū no. 358) on the subject of communing with the dead. Shore 1: What does it mean to dedicate... Read more
22,912 words, approx. 77 pages
In the following excerpt, the Nippon Gakujutsu Shinkokai (the Japanese Classics Translation Committee) present an overview of the Manyoshu, including discussions of the political, social, and philosop... Read more
3,645 words, approx. 13 pages
In the following essay, Teele critiques assorted translations of the Manyoshu, using many different verses to illustrate his conclusions. The Manyo Anthology or Anthology for a Thousand Ages is not a ... Read more
1,876 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following excerpt, Keene presents a concise history of translations of the Manyoshu and praises the Nippon Gakujutsu Shinkokai version for its rendering of the poems into English. The first tra... Read more
1,657 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following excerpt, Yasuda offers an overview of the Manyoshu and explains what sets it apart from other Japanese poetry anthologies. The Manyoshu is the oldest, largest, and greatest anthology ... Read more
8,868 words, approx. 30 pages
In the following essay, Cranston offers literary analyses of several series of poems found in the Manyoshu. Roy Miller has brilliantly demonstrated in his Footprints of the Buddha2 that the arrangemen... Read more
1,222 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following essay, Wilson offers a brief overview of the Manyoshu, with remarks on the wide diversity of both the poets who contributed their works and the forms in which they chose to express th... Read more
888 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following essay, Wilson discusses Chinese influences on Japanese poetry. The Kokinwaka-shu (Collection of Ancient and Modern Japanese Poems), the first of 21 such Imperial Anthologies, was comp... Read more
8,007 words, approx. 27 pages
In the following excerpt, Levy describes the nature of Japanese poetry and profiles Hitomaro and other important contributors to the Manyoshu. The Ten Thousand Leaves is Japan's first anthology... Read more
1,544 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following excerpt, Wright comments on the prevalence of love poetry in the Manyoshu. The Manyōshū “needs no apologies,” Donald Keene writes in the introduction to hi... Read more