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This chapter provides the essential additions/revisions that concern Book Five. Book five (5.793-906) comprises 114 poems (104 tanka, ten chōka) traditionally considered to be in the zōka genre, although some of them can definitely be classified as banka, because they deal with death and sorrow, as well as two poems in Chinese, and a Chinese essay. All the poems in this volume were composed between AD 724 and 733, which represent a much greater chronological homogeneity compared with books one to four. In addition to the modern commentaries listed in the introduction to book fifteen, a new source also became available. Man'yōgana script was discussed in detail in the introduction to the translation of book fifteen, however in the process of work on book fifteen two phonograms that did not make into the list in Omodaka et al. and also to the author's own list have since come to light.

Keywords: zōka genre; Man'yōgana script



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