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Poetical collection Kaifuso: history, politics and poetics

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Kaifuso, the very first poetical collection of the verse by Japanesepoets, dates back to the year 751 (Nara period) and had been composed prior toMan’yoshu. However, this collection of early kanshi isn’t often analyzed as animportant source for historical or poetical studies. The article attempts todemonstrate Kaifuso’s potential for academic studies in these fields and analyzenot only poetical value of certain poems, but also political agenda of its compilerby taking a closer look at the traditional biographies of four princes, which areincluded in the collection.

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S. A. Rodin
National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE)
Russian Federation


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For citations:

Rodin S.A. Poetical collection Kaifuso: history, politics and poetics. Russian Japanology Review. 2019;2(1):107-127. (In Russ.)

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