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Karen Kolasinski IAH 207 Section 13 Paper 2 November 22, 2009 Sometimes it’s Hard to Just Say How You Feel Poetry is a very unique form of writing and expressing one’s feelings . Many people have trouble talking about how they are feeling or how they feel towards someone, so they write poems to let their feelings out . The Man'yōshū is a perfect example of this because it is a huge book of poems written by people who just want to let others know how they are feeling . The Man’yōshū, which is “The Collection of Ten Thousands Leaves,” was created between the years 686 and 784; it was the earliest extant collection of Japanese poetry . It consists of 20 books with a total of 4,516 poems written by over 450 poets . There are many different types of poems in this collection . “[In this book there are] 265 chōka (long poems), 4,207 tanka (short poems), one tanrenga (short confectioning poem), one bussokusekika (poems on Buddha’s footprints at Yakushi-ji in Nara), four kanshi (Chinese poems), and 22 Chinese prose passages” (Wikipedia) . The dominant theme in these poems is love and its complications of loss and separation . Every poem in this book can be distinguished as either “public” or “private” expressions . “Public” expressions largely deal with the imperial family, and “private” expressions are known as “personal exchanges . ” The
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Man’yōshū shows that human emotions have not changed over time and the lessons in these poems still mean the same as they did back then . Most people have experience love and the pain some go through for it or because of it . This has been going on for as long as humans have been around . Along with love, comes yearning for something you may not be able to have, but cannot help but want . One of the hardest things to do is let someone go and realize that you love them after it is too late; usually because they have found someone else .
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