Ise is strongly organized around poetry. In your discussion with your peers this week, discuss with appropriate page citation and detailed reference to text…
- What is the relationship between poetry and prose in Tales of Ise?
- What characterizes the love relationship as depicted in Tales of Ise? Is it consistent, or are there differences in the different sections? How is gender represented in Ise?
- Is there a basic unifying factor in Tales of Ise? If so, what? A “Courtly Ideal”? A set of ‘rules of taste’ such as sobriety, restraint, formality, but also lyrical, emotional? Explain with specific passages.