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Literary Influences. Tales of Moonlight and Rain. Ueda Akinari 1734-1809 Famous for tales of the supernatural. “They subtly merge the world of reason with the realm of the uncanny and exemplify the period's fascination with the strange and the grotesque”. Collection of 9 gothic tales

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Tales of Moonlight and Rain

  • Ueda Akinari
  • 1734-1809
  • Famous for tales of the supernatural

“They subtly merge the world of reason with the realm of the uncanny and exemplify the period's fascination with the strange and the grotesque”

  • Collection of 9 gothic tales
  • Spirits, ghosts
  • demons, fiends, goblins, strange dreams, and other manifestations beyond all logic and common sense.

1953 Ugetsu

Directed Mizoguchi Kenji

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Oedipus

  • Written by Sophocles
  • Great Greek tragedian
  • Lived through Age of Pericles and the Peloponnesian War.
  • Prophesised to kill father and marry mother
  • Runs away to avoid prophesy
  • Kills father
  • Marries mother
  • Blinds himself
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Haiku

  • Japanese poetry
  • Three non-rhyming lines
  • 17 syllables arranged so they follow the pattern 5,7,5
  • Originally meant as objective description of nature
  • Object: to convey as much as possible in few words
  • Used by Imagists in West in 1912
  • Became especially popular outside Japan in WWII

worker bees can leave

even drones can fly away

the queen is their slave

I am tired and stressed

I want to sleep forever

and never wake up

5

7

5

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Haiku

  • TanedaSantoka: famous haiku poet
  • Abandoned customary form and subject of Haikus
  • Focused on human experience as subject
  • Emphasised qualities of Zen Buddhism in his life
    • Simple life
    • Spirituality
    • Human melancholy
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Tanka/Waka

  • Literally translated as “short poem”
  • Basic form of Japanese poetry
  • Used in 6th-14th century in courts
  • Used previously to Haikus
  • 31 syllabols in 5 lines in the pattern of:
    • 5
    • 7
    • 5
    • 7
    • 7
  • Sometimes written by 2 poets, challenging each other
  • Too short so often used choka as alternative
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Tanka/Waka

Blue violins play

melodies in minor keys

for unfortunate

souls bathing in desires

dissolved in downgraded dreams.

my fantastic life!rainbows and unicorn pissso much love to giveeverything, so beautifultoo many smiles for one gal