The Importance of Poetry in Japanese Heian-era Romantic Relationships
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures Honors Theses; 2007
The purpose of this research project is to demonstrate the importance of aristocratic love poems during Heian-era Japan (794-1185) and to explore the creative manipulations of conventionalized poetic exchange in Heian-era literature. This project will look at how poetry was essentially the only socially acceptable method of courtship available to men, how it served as an aristocratic woman's sole method of public representation to the world outside her home, and how poetry was romantically effective at arousing strong passions between lovers.
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