Monday, 12 August 2013

Kokinshu #432

Monday, 12 August 2013 06:57
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Mountain persimmon tree (yamagaki no ki)

    Autumn has arrived.
Will it be now that crickets
    in our brushwood fence
start crying night after night?
-- with this chill in the wind.

—8 July 2013

Original author unknown. While persimmons are typically thought of as an autumn topic for their fruit, they're also an uncommon mid-summer topic for their flowers. Even as a hidden-topic poem, this would not be out of place in Book IV -- maybe not the best poem there, but as good as many. I especially like the rhythm given by the detached adverbial last line.


aki wa kinu
ima ya magaki no
kirigirisu
yo na yo na nakamu
kaze no samusa ni


---L.

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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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