Literature Study GuidesEssays In Idleness The Tsurezuregusa Of Kenko

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenkō | Study Guide

Yoshida Kenkō

Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic
MLA

Bibliography

Course Hero. "Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenkō Study Guide." Course Hero. 30 Sep. 2020. Web. 5 Aug. 2021. <https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Essays-in-Idleness-The-Tsurezuregusa-of-Kenko/>.

In text

(Course Hero)

APA

Bibliography

Course Hero. (2020, September 30). Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenkō Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved August 5, 2021, from https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Essays-in-Idleness-The-Tsurezuregusa-of-Kenko/

In text

(Course Hero, 2020)

Chicago

Bibliography

Course Hero. "Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenkō Study Guide." September 30, 2020. Accessed August 5, 2021. https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Essays-in-Idleness-The-Tsurezuregusa-of-Kenko/.

Footnote

Course Hero, "Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenkō Study Guide," September 30, 2020, accessed August 5, 2021, https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Essays-in-Idleness-The-Tsurezuregusa-of-Kenko/.

Overview

Author

Yoshida Kenkō

Years Published

1329–31

Type

Essay

Genre

Philosophy, Religion

At a Glance

Essays in Idleness is a collection of passages by the Buddhist monk Yoshida Kenkō with passages that cover a wide range of topics from everyday concerns and life advice to religious and philosophical musings. The book was arranged in its present form hundreds of years after Kenkō's death and is considered an essential piece of literature in Japan that is a required part of the educational curriculum.

Perspective and Narrator

The passages are in Buddhist monk Yoshida Kenkō's unique and personal voice and are narrated in the first person and third person.

About the Title

Essays in Idleness refers to Zen Buddhist monk Yoshida Kenkō's (c. 1283–1350) collection of short passages about a wide variety of topics both practical and philosophical. While idleness is often associated with being lazy or lacking activity, Kenkō's use of the term refers to his humble, meditative life as a Zen Buddhist monk.

Summary

This study guide for Yoshida Kenkō's Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenkō offers summary and analysis on themes, symbols, and other literary devices found in the text. Explore Course Hero's library of literature materials, including documents and Q&A pairs.

Key Figures

Buy this book from Amazon.com
Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenkō? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!