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The Symbolism of the Cat in Aoneko by Hagiwara Sakutarō


Melanowicz, M (2011). The Symbolism of the Cat in Aoneko by Hagiwara Sakutarō. Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques, 65(2):563-574.

Abstract

This article discusses the role of cats in the poetry of Hagiwara Sakutarō. It first touches on the fact that cats became a literary topic in Wagahai wa neko de aru by Natsume Sōseki, followed by an analysis of the second-most-famous cat in Japanese literature, appearing in two poetry collections of Hagiwara Sakutarō, Tsuki ni hoeru (Howling at the Moon, 1917) and Aoneko (The Blue Cat, 1923). I argue that Hagiwara uses cats to convey the emotions of a man affected by prostration and weakness, living alone in utter solitude. The cat symbolizes a world of illusion and suffering. Although it is not possible to closely define the meaning of Hagiwara’s “blue cat”, as this was a concept born within the passive ennui and the feeling of a man who is disillusioned and solitary.

Abstract

This article discusses the role of cats in the poetry of Hagiwara Sakutarō. It first touches on the fact that cats became a literary topic in Wagahai wa neko de aru by Natsume Sōseki, followed by an analysis of the second-most-famous cat in Japanese literature, appearing in two poetry collections of Hagiwara Sakutarō, Tsuki ni hoeru (Howling at the Moon, 1917) and Aoneko (The Blue Cat, 1923). I argue that Hagiwara uses cats to convey the emotions of a man affected by prostration and weakness, living alone in utter solitude. The cat symbolizes a world of illusion and suffering. Although it is not possible to closely define the meaning of Hagiwara’s “blue cat”, as this was a concept born within the passive ennui and the feeling of a man who is disillusioned and solitary.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 65 (2011) > 2
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:14 Nov 2011 13:41
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 09:38
Publisher:Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft / Verlag Peter Lang
ISSN:0004-4717

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