Thursday, 11 July 2013

Kokinshu #419

Thursday, 11 July 2013 06:58
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The Prince repeatedly recited the poem but was unable to reply, so [Aritsune], who was with them, composed this for him.

    Given she awaits
a m'lord husband who visits
    but one time a year,
I rather think she isn't
someone who'd give us lodgings.

—19 & 30 June 2013

Original by Ki no Aritsune. Aritsune (815-877) was another offspring of Ki no Natora, and so brother of Mikuni no Machi/Kaneko (see #152) and Sanjô no Machi (see #930) and uncle of their sons, princes Tsuneyasu (see #95) and Koretaka. He was also father-in-law of Ariwara no Narihira, and both uncle and father-in-law of Fujiwara no Toshiyuki (see #169). Despite these connections, he never rose above middling courtier and has only this one poem in the Kokinshu. ¶ Nice try. Not as nice as Narihira's, though. "Us" is interpretive -- "another man" is also possible. "Visits" has a rare use of an honorific form in a poem.

hitotose ni
hitotabi kimasu
kimi mateba
yado kasu hito mo
araji to zo omou



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As language practice, I was translating classical Japanese poetry -- most recently, book 11 (love part 1) of the Kokinshu anthology. This project is, however, on hiatus. Past translations are archived here. Suggestions, corrections, and questions always welcome.

There's also original pomes in the journal archives.

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