Friday, April 10, 2020

why the hurry? Shinkei (1406—75)

Shinkei (1406—75). One of the most brilliant practitioners of renga (Japanese linked poetry), Shinkei was a Buddhist monk strongly influenced by Zen, even if it is not clear whether he ever affiliated himself with a Zen sect.
In a famous comment, he wrote, “If you were to ask one of the great poets of the past how to compose waka [Japanese poetry], the answer would be pampas grass on a withered moor and the moon disappearing into the sky at dawn.”
In his later years he spent much of his time travelling, during a period when Japan was in turmoil as a result of the decade-long Onin War.
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Source: Zen Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets Series)

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