Questions tagged [kanbun]

漢文. The form of Classical Chinese as used in Japan from the Heian period (平安時代) to the mid-20th century.

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漢文・古文-type expressions that survive in modern Japanese

I was translating an academic paper that quoted some articles that were written before WW2, and I came across the expressions [noun]+たらしむべく and きたらしめる (from 来る) for the first time. Thanks to these ...
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Do the Japanese read Classical Chinese poems in Japanese or in on-readings?

The pros and cons of both approaches are obvious. 1) If you read by conversion into Japanese through kanbun, you get the sense. Meanwhile, you lose the rhythm, and sometimes it is not obvious what ...
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How difficult is the 万葉集 to read?

From my understanding, the 万葉集 is written in 万葉仮名 which uses a limited set of characters solely for their 音読み reading rather than for their semantic meaning. In light of this, I am curious how ...
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What does it mean when multiple 々 marks follow a 、?

I was glancing at some old manuscripts from the Heian period (左経記 pg. 10) when I saw the following: I know that typically 々 means to repeat the previous kanji, but what does it mean when its ...