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The Soseki that I saw through the letter A review on the exchange of Shiki

  • 日本硏究
  • 2022, (56), pp.45-67
  • DOI : 10.20404/jscau.2022.02.56.45
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : January 5, 2022
  • Accepted : January 21, 2022
  • Published : February 20, 2022

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ABSTRACT

This paper examined the life and death of Shiki and Soseki, as well as their friendship and passion for literature over 13 years. Soseki and Shiki, who recognized each other’s literary talents as classmates during their preliminary period at Tokyo University, exchanged Haiku corrections and various literary reviews through a letter. The two, who both liked Rakugo and writing letters, were together for the rest of their lives—enough to share their daily lives through letters. The relationship, which began at the age of 22, had them spending a short time together until the age of 35, leaving a great mark on modern Japanese literature and enjoying an era as literary companions. Shiki lived a short life of 35 years, but he launched a Haiku innovation movement to instill new energy into the modern Haiku literary circle. Soseki has been called Daemunho enough and has been also called the Shakespeare of Japan for writing novels steadily for 12 years, and is still loved by several citizens as a national writer. Soseki and Shiki fought against long-standing diseases and always crossed the boundary between life and death, but reformed literature and left a gem-like article until death due to their passion for literature. Even after a long time, their great achievement remains unforgettable with the epistle they left, which is still loved by many people.

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