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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.

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Re: Japanese Poetry

Postby chikara » Thu 11.04.2010 8:29 pm

How about this one by Ono no Komachi?


A modern Japanese translation;


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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Re: Japanese Poetry

Postby MerlinDemers » Tue 12.30.2014 4:47 am

Contemporary Japanese Love Poetry differs from its classical predecessors in its more free flowing, experimental style. It is at times erotic, exceedingly sensual, tinged with drama, and pushes the outer boundaries of what was previously acceptable in a highly regimented art form. The new poetry is generally called calledgendai-shi , which loosely translates to "contemporary poetry". Poets such as Kusano Shimpei, Tanikawa Shuntaro and Ishigaki Rin fall into this category.
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