Philosophical Questions Quiz

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Who is recognized only when he forsakes this world?

The poets

What rises and fills the horizon with beautiful living images, as mentioned in the text?

His breath

Who do the mansions in honor glorify, according to the text?

Those who cover the face of the earth with blood

Where have the poets built their kingdom, as per the text?

In the hearts

What thread of history hung on to the speaker, according to the text?

A yellow sticky thread

What did the speaker enter in the ritual, based on the text?

The womb of water and the virginity of trees

What is the Kojiki?

Literature from Japan completed in 712

When was the Tale of Genji written?

In the early 11th century

What is Tanka?

A verse form comprising 31 syllables

What does rejection settle on the speaker's ships?

The remains of a broken pearl

Who wrote the Pillow Book and when?

Around 996

What is tanka?

A verse form comprising 31 syllables

Study Notes

Japanese Literature

  • A hermit is recognized only when he forsakes this world.

Imagery and Symbolism

  • The horizon rises and fills with beautiful living images.

Poetic Tributes

  • The mansions in honor glorify great poets.

Literary Kingdoms

  • Poets have built their kingdom in the realm of words.

Personal Reflections

  • A thread of history hung on to the speaker.

Rituals and Practices

  • The speaker entered into a ritual.

Japanese Classics

  • The Kojiki is a classic Japanese text.
  • The Tale of Genji was written in the 11th century.

Poetry Forms

  • Tanka is a traditional form of Japanese poetry.

Thematic Imagery

  • Rejection settles on the speaker's ships like seaweed.

Literary Figures

  • The Pillow Book was written by Sei Shōnagon, a Japanese author.

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