Saigyo, Japanese poetry, waka, haikai, haikai imagination, Matsuo Basho
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
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Stoneman, Jack C., "Saigyo no uchinaru Basho: Saigyoka ni okeru haikai imajineshon 西行の内なる芭蕉：西行歌に於ける俳諧イマジネーション (The Basho Within: Haikai Imagination in Saigyo's Poetry)" (2011). Faculty Publications. 5408.
Saigyo Gakkai (Saigyo Studies Academy)
Asian and Near Eastern Languages
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