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Japanese Poetry

Postby WeeFugu » Thu 11.04.2010 7:26 pm

Hello there folks,

I wanted to ask your advice regarding a suitable Japanese poem that I could have a shot at handwriting for my wife's anniversary present.

A famous Japanese (love) poem would be perfect. I have no idea about Japanese poetry other than a few Haiku. I would prefer a poem about 2-3 stanzas long, so that it would fit neatly into an A4 frame. I am going to have a bash at calligraphy.

I am JLPT 5, so a translation would be awesome as well.

Know of any good sites that I may peruse?

Thanks in advance.

WF.
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Re: Japanese Poetry

Postby chikara » Thu 11.04.2010 8:29 pm

How about this one by Ono no Komachi?

夢ぢには
足も休めず
かよへども
うつつにひと目
見しごとはあらず

A modern Japanese translation;

夢の中の通い路では足を休めることもなく、
絶えず通っているというのに、
現実では一目逢ったごとくでなはなく、
まったく比較にならない。

An English translation;

Upon the path of dreams
My feet don't rest,
Constantly trailing to you, yet
In reality, a single glimpse:
Not even that have I had of you
Don't complain to me that people kick you when you're down. It's your own fault for lying there
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Re: Japanese Poetry

Postby WeeFugu » Fri 11.05.2010 12:09 am

Thanks for that.

That name sounds familiar to me. I think I might have read some poems by them before.

Thanks very much for the help.

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