Keywords

Saigyo, Japanese poetry, waka, haikai, haikai imagination, Matsuo Basho

Abstract

The renowned Saigyo scholar Mezaki Tokue wrote a famous essay called "The Saigyo Within Basho" (Basho no uchinaru Saigyo) in which he traces the influence of Saigyo's persona and poetry on that of Matsuo Basho. The approach of this essay differs as it aims to uncover and recognize the nascent aspects of Basho's poetics in Saigyo's own unique poetics. Certain aspects of Saigyo's approach to traditional waka poetry were in fact harbingers of what Haruo Shirane has termed "haikai imagination," the sort of poetic approach espoused and developed by Basho five centuries after Saigyo.

Original Publication Citation

Saigyogaku (Journal of Saigyo Studies), Vol. 2

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2011-9

Publisher

Saigyo Gakkai (Saigyo Studies Academy)

Language

Japanese

College

Humanities

Department

Asian and Near Eastern Languages

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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