Izumi Shikibu


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Izumi Shikibu was a mid Heian period Japanese poet. She is a member of the Thirty-six Medieval Poetry Immortals. She was the contemporary of Murasaki Shikibu and Akazome Emon at the court of Joto Mon'in, and was perhaps the greatest poet of her time.

Izumi Shikibu was the daughter of Oe no Masamune, governor of Echizen. Her mother was the daughter of Taira no Yasuhira, governor of ... more »

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (6/25/2016 3:05:00 PM)

    when it is said that Izumi Shikibu was one of the 36 'Poetry Immortals', it doesn't refer to The Thirty-Six Immortals of Poetry (三十六歌仙 Sanjūrokkasen) - a group of Japanese poets of the Nara, Asuka and Heian periods selected by Fujiwara no Kintō as exemplars of Japanese poetic ability - , but to a second list of ''36'' ''Nyōbō Sanjūrokkasen'' (女房三十六歌仙) , composed later, in the Kamakura period:

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (6/25/2016 3:05:00 PM)

    - The Thirty-Six Female Immortals of Poetry:

    ''Nyōbō Sanjūrokkasen'' (女房三十六歌仙) , composed in the Kamakura period, refers to thirty-six female immortals of poetry:

    Ono no Komachi
    Kishi Joō
    Fujiwara no Michitsuna no Haha
    Uma no Naishi
    Akazome Emon
    Izumi Shikibu
    Kodai no Kimi
    Murasaki Shikibu
    Koshikibu no Naishi
    Ise no Taifu
    Sei Shōnagon
    Daini no Sanmi
    Takashina no Kishi
    Yūshi Naishinnō-ke no Kii
    Shikishi Naishinnō
    Suō no Naishi
    Fujiwara no Toshinari no Musume
    Taikenmon'in no Horikawa
    Gishūmon'in no Tango
    Kayōmon'in no Echizen
    Nijō In no Sanuki
    Go-Toba-in no Shimotsuke
    Ben no Naiji
    Go-Fukakusa In no Shōshōnaishi
    Inpumon'in no Tayū
    Tsuchimikado In no Kosaishō
    Hachijō-in Takakura
    Fujiwara no Chikako
    Shikikenmon'in no Mikushige
    Sōhekimon'in no Shōshō

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (6/24/2016 5:45:00 AM)

    her diary, Izumi Shikibu Nikki, is one of the principal Heian court works and her poetic memoirs, Izumi Shikibu Shū, which exist in various forms, ranging from 647 to 902 poems, remains the most outstanding work by a single poet from the period.

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (6/24/2016 5:11:00 AM)

    Her attitude to life and passion earned her the moniker of '' The Floating Lady ''.

    Shikibu’s passion comes across in her poetry of the time.
    The Diary of Izumi Shikibu covered a period of five years when she was having her affair with Prince Atsumichi and combined romanticism and eroticism with Buddhist philosophy.

    At the Imperial Court she had a rivalry with her sister who was also a poet and was praised for her short verses and their emotional power.
    This was the time when she wrote her most influential works that were published in later Imperial collections.

    Her poetry is characterized by great passion and the desire to choose her own romantic fate.

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (6/24/2016 4:59:00 AM)

    Izumi Shikibu (和泉 式部) (976? – 1033?)

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