Diference in Writing Man’yōshū and Kokinshū Essay

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This paper will discuss and compare the anthologies of Manʻyōshū and Kokinshū, which were the earliest poetry collections of the classical period in Japan. Manʻyōshū was the earliest anthology of poems and included both long and short forms. It was compiled in the 7th century. Kokinshū was a collection of short poems known as tanka, consisting of 31 syllables. It was compiled in the 8th-10th century. The Kokinshū became the poetry standard for the next 1,000 years in Japan. (The Manyōshū and Kokinshū Poetry Collections) The Manʻyōshū, also known as the Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves, is the earliest collection of Japanese poetry which was compiled sometime in 759 AD and was divided into 20 volumes, containing 4,516 Japanese …show more content…
Will you not tell me your name? Over the spacious Land of Yamato It is I who reign so wide and far, It is I who rule so wide and far. I myself, as your lord, will tell you, Of my home, and my name.

The second poem from the Manʻyōshū is about the emperor admiring the beautiful land that he presides over. (Keene 34) Countless are the mountains in Yamato, But perfect is the heavenly hill of Kagu; When I climb is and survey my realm, Over the wide plain the smoke-wreaths rise and rise, Over the wide lake the gulls are on the wing; A beautiful land it is, the Land of Yamato!

The Kokinshū, also known as the Collection of Poems Ancient and Modern, was commissioned by Emperor Daigo and was completed in 905 AD. There were four main compilers named Ki no Tsurayuki, Ki no Tomonori, Ōshikōchi no Mitsune, and Mibu no Tadamine. All of the compilers were aristocrats, including members of the royal family and high ranking officials. The Kokinshū contains 1,111 poems and was also divided into 20 volumes like the Manʻyōshū. Most of the poems are tanka and the poems are divided into spring, summer, autumn, winter, love, and miscellaneous. This anthology was considered to be a highly valued art form and consisted of a 31 syllable format. The Kokinshū has two prefaces. One which was written by Ki no

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