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Kakinomoto no Hitomaro is today generally regarded as one of the three greatest poets in the Japanese classical canon. This chapter concerns with what may be better described as his afterlife, the centuries-long process of his reception and canonization as a court poet and as an enshrined deity worshipped for non-poetic purposes. The study is primarily concerned with the first thousand years of Hitomaro's reception. The chapter examines his role as a symbol of the Japanese court-poetic (waka) tradition, whose canonization is carried out under existing cultural paradigms but then becomes itself a model for the treatment of poets. It, then, analyzes the central role played by the court-poetic canon in Hitomaro's reception. The chapter also describes the three main theories regarding Hitomaro's life and role at court: Hitomaro as an official (toneri), as a court poet (kyūtei shijin), and as a wandering entertainer (junʼyū shijin).

Keywords: canonization; Japanese classical canon; Kakinomoto no Hitomaro



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