Honkadori was the Rokugani term for a specific type of allusion, a famous convention incorporated in the tanka poetry. The honkadori was a phrase alluding to or directly quoting an existing older poem. The intention was to re-interpret a famous or poetic line by casting it in a different light, to demonstrate knowledge and intimacy with literature, and to honor authors or ancestors who inspired the poet. [1]


  1. Book of Fire, p. 116

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