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|The Making of Shinkokinshu
|Shinkokinshu--the "New Kokinshu"--has been viewed as a
neoclassical effort. Reading history backward, scholars have
often taken the work to be the outgrowth of a nostalgia for
greatness presumed to have been lost in the wars of the origins
of the collection. But the author argues that the compliers of
Shinkokinshu instead saw it as a "new" beginning, a
revitalization and affirmation of courtly traditions, and not a
reaction to loss. It is a dynamic collection, full of innovative,
challenging poetry--not an elegy for a lost age.