Professor Levy explores the ritual origins of Japanese verse, the impact of Chinese and Korean literary influence on the seventh-century Court, and the rhetorical deification of the imperial family as the condition under which Hitomaro would begin his career as a Court poet.
Originally published in 1984.
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Table of Contents:
- FrontMatter, pg. i
- CONTENTS, pg. vii
- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, pg. ix
- Map of Yamato and Environs, pg. 1
- INTRODUCTION, pg. 3
- ONE / YAMATO TAKERU: THE MAGICAL METAPHOR, pg. 10
- TWO / ŌMI: THE LYRICAL VOICE, pg. 33
- THREE / HITOMARO: THE ICONIC IMAGE, pg. 66
- FOUR / HITOMARO: THE PSYCHOLOGICAL METAPHOR, pg. 117
- SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY, pg. 166
- INDEX OF POEMS, pg. 169
- GENERAL INDEX, pg. 171