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Teika: The Life and Works of a Medieval Japanese Poet

Paul S. Atkins


The medieval Japanese courtier, poet, compiler, copyist, critic, and diarist Fujiwara no Teika (1162–1241) is one of the most influential writers in the history of Japanese literature. Descended from a lineage of courtier poets, Teika achieved early success through linguistic and conceptual innovation and is acknowledged as a virtuoso master of the thirty-one syllable waka form. His patrons included members of the regental, shogunal, and imperial families. Teika’s talents were much in demand as a tutor, judge of poetry contests, and compiler of imperial anthologies of waka. Much of his diary, ... More

Keywords: waka, poetry, literature, Meigetsuki, reception history, Sadaie

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780824858506
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824858506.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul S. Atkins, author
University of Washington