Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Kokinshu #455

Wednesday, 9 October 2013 07:01
lnhammer: lo-fi photo of a tall, thin man - caption: "some guy" (Default)
Pear, jujube, walnut (nashi, natsume, kurumi)

    This is tiresome.
Cease all your lamentations.
    It's not as if what's
been sacrificed is your lives
to come in this wretched affair.

—5 September, 1 October 2013

Original by [Fujiwara no] Hyôe. Her dates and personal name are unknown, but she was a sister of Fujiwara no Koreoka (see #390n) and is said to have married Fujiwara no Tadafusa (see #196). Like both of them, she was probably active in the 890s -- her use-name seems to come from the Palace Guards (hyôe), to which her father (Fujiwara no Takatsune, mourned by Tsurayuki in #849) was appointed Intendent or head of one division in 890, so she probably came of age around that time. She has two poems in the Kokinshu. ¶ One last multi-plant showing-off, this time with bracing asperity. The traditional understanding is that the "wretched matter" is an illness, but I'm not entirely convinced given the coming is done mutually, suggesting plural lives.

nageki na tsume so
uki koto ni
aikuru mi o-ba
sutenu mono kara



Warning: contents contain line-breaks.

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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