World Literature 7

World Literature 7 - Ihara Saikaku 1642 - 1693 Saikaku Well...

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Ihara Saikaku 1642 - 1693 Saikaku Well travelled, though not classically educated Style is satirical, tongue-in-cheek, iconoclastic Interested in chonin culture, especially that of the “Floating World” pleasure quarters Enjoys catching people of all classes in their little vanities and hypocrisies Enjoys vivid descriptions of the people who live in or visit the quarter Enjoys taunting (without offending) the samurai As a Haikai Poet Known for his skill at composing haikai (short linked poems of 575-77 syllable lines) Innovative broke poetry rules and made his poems more natural sounding and chose more common subject matter (“vulgar and uninspired” according to Basho) Saikaku was prolific called “the 20,000 master” after he allegedly composed 23,500 haikai in a single night As a Novelist Pioneer of Japanese “realist” style wrote frank stories that included sex and money as motivators for human action Wrote on erotic themes men and women with lusty drives that get them into trouble
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2011 for the course ENGL 2220 taught by Professor Gilbreath during the Spring '08 term at North Texas.

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