A poem to carp about? Poem 16-3828 of the Man'yoshu collection

A poem to carp about? Poem 16-3828 of the Man'yoshu collection

Author: 
Palmer, Edwina
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2011
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Journal Title: 
Bulletin of the school of Oriental and African studies
Source: 
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Vol.74, No.3, 2011, pp. 417-436
Abstract: 

The poem discussed has long been regarded as a “nonsense” poem that was extemporized as part of some kind of poetry game at Court. This article presents evidence to demonstrate that through the use of puns and double entendre the poet in fact ingeniously devised a witty scatological verse. Rather than “nonsense”, the poem is discovered to offer covertly a deeply satirical social commentary on the contemporaneous relationships between men and women, aristocrats and outcastes.

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CITATION: Palmer, Edwina. A poem to carp about? Poem 16-3828 of the Man'yoshu collection . : Taylor & Francis Group , 2011. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Vol.74, No.3, 2011, pp. 417-436 - Available at: http://library.au.int/poem-carp-about-poem-16-3828-manyoshu-collection-4