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Japan's Frames of MeaningA Hermeneutics Reader$
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Michael F. Marra

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834609

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834609.001.0001

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Makoto

Makoto

An Essay on True Words (Makoto)

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(p.137) Chapter Four Makoto
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Japan's Frames of Meaning
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Fujitani Mitsue

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834609.003.0004

This chapter presents a discourse on the way of poetry (kado). It argues that the action that succeeds in not coming out as a prejudiced action is the action of a person who follows the way of poetry, which is grounded in the way of the Gods (Shinto). In addition, the chapter also identifies the difference between common language and poetic language. In the past, the language used in poetry and in speech was the same. There was no particular reason for composing poetry—originally, poetry was a meaningless action. But because it is not the purpose of poetry to make people communicate, not only is it harmless, but it is actually the harbinger of good fortune, since it is an action that puts the self within proper timing.

Keywords:   kado, poetry, Shinto, Gods, common language, poetic language, poetry

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