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Kakinomoto no Hitomaro–a Poem


Kakinomoto no Hitomaro (662-710) is one of Japan’s greatest poets. His work was a focus of the Manyoshu (The Ten Thousand Leaves), Japan’s earliest poetry anthology, and his is widely regarded as the only Japanese poet to have mastered longer verse forms.

RT was attracted to this waka by its insistent rhymes and echoing, and the striking juxtaposition that structures the poem–apparently, one of Hitomaro’s most frequent devices.

Enjoy!!      RT




sore at foot–ah! ah!

mountain bird, cock of the rock,

fans his shock of moxy.

in the close, closed hauling box

of night, I, companionless.

Woodblock PrintKakinomoto no hitomaro (1844-1854); Utagawa, Kuniyoshi, (1798-1861); WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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