Avainsana-arkisto: 900-luku

Munkkien rakkausrunoista Mishimaan ja mangaan: Poimintoja Japanin kirjallisuushistoriasta

Love poetry by monks: Buddhist notions in late Heian and early Kamakura love poetry

This seems to indicate that the love poetry of monks may mostly have been no more than a series of literary constructs, stylised fabrications that would have emulated the feelings expressed in allegedly genuinely motivated texts by lay authors. But a closer look at both does not reveal any significant differences of quality between love poems by monks or laymen. This again would lead us to think that perhaps most waka on the topic of love, no matter how intense feelings they seem to convey, are in reality just the outcome of a language game with no really deep emotional background.