Lecture 3 - Lecture 3 Quiz Confessions of Lady Nijo(1/14...

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Lecture 3 1/12/10 Quiz: Confessions of Lady Nijo (1/14) 10 Questions: MC or TF waka e kanshi e tanka e 31 syllables (57577) choka e more than 31 syllables (end with 77) uta e yomu e renga e haiku e dai e hon’i e “poetic essence” – artificial conventions that have been define by prior poems ex. for cherry blossoms, the hon’i must be to address their passing or falling ex. for plovers (bird): are present in Japan all year round and fly but the poetic essence is to describe them walking on the shoreline during the winter kotobagaki e “headnote” – an prose description before a poem utamakura e “poetic place-name” – associations made with a certain place or name ex. ______ = cherry blossoms mujou e “evanescence” kotodama e “word-spirit” – Shinto idea that all things have their own spirit words have their own special effect Discussion Questions: Traditional Poetry 1. What forms did/does traditional poetry take? Waka/tanka (57577) and chouka (end in 77). 2. What kinds of things are and are not expressed in the form of poetry? In general terms, what is the purpose of poetry? The general purpose of poetry was for communication and celebration of events. Usually poetry discusses nature, love, travel, and congratulatory events and is usually a one-time event. Since poetry was occasional, there were almost no epic and narrative poetry in Japanese. Political poetry in Japanese is also very rare. Not very specific, but tend to capture fleeting moments in time and express sadness and longing of the evanescence of life and love. 3. How are poetry and prose differentiated? How are they related? Prose uses literal language and tells a story. Poetry speaks of occasions or events and uses figurative language. Prose can contain poetry, but poetry often stands by itself and does not embed prose in it. Kotobagaki is prose used as an explanation of the context for the poetry. 4.
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2010 for the course JPN JPN 102 taught by Professor Josephsorensen during the Winter '10 term at UC Davis.

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