Ki no Tsurayuki

(872-945 / Japan)

Ki no Tsurayuki Poems

1. A Dewdrop 9/4/2010
2. At Yoshino River 9/4/2010
3. Cranes Among The Reeds 9/4/2010
4. Crimson 9/4/2010
5. Did I But Know The Way 9/4/2010
6. From The First Bloom 9/4/2010
7. I May Never Know The Morrow- 9/4/2010
8. I, This Morning 9/4/2010
9. In The Autumn Fields 9/4/2010
10. In The Land Of Tsu 9/4/2010
11. In The Summer Mountains 9/4/2010
12. I'Ve Not Set Hand 9/4/2010
13. Meeting Is As Remote 9/4/2010
14. My Lord Hangs 9/4/2010
15. My Thoughts Are Drawn 9/4/2010
16. Now A Few Days 9/4/2010
17. Of People: 9/4/2010
18. On The Path Of Dreams 9/4/2010
19. The Colour And The Fragrance 9/4/2010
20. The Coverlet Of Isles 9/4/2010
21. The Cuckoo's 9/4/2010
22. The First Geese 9/4/2010
23. The Morning Mists 9/4/2010
24. The Waves Offshore 9/4/2010
25. The White Dewfall 9/4/2010
26. On Account Of Rain 9/4/2010
27. Throughout The Span Of Man 9/4/2010
28. To The Fields Of Kasuga 9/4/2010
29. While I Gaze Upon It 9/4/2010
30. Willow's Branches 9/4/2010
31. You Are Gone 9/4/2010
32. This World Of Men 9/4/2010
33. Let's Get Together 9/4/2010
34. Ceaselessly 9/4/2010
35. Harvesting Wild Rice 9/4/2010
36. At Isonokami 9/4/2010
37. About The Dawn 9/4/2010
38. To Bygone Days 9/4/2010
39. This Is When He Came, 9/4/2010
40. As The Snow Falls Down 9/4/2010

Comments about Ki no Tsurayuki

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (6/25/2016 3:40:00 PM)

    In his preface to the Kokinshu [the abbreviated term for the Imperial anthology Kokin Wakashū - conceived of by Emperor Uda (r.887–897) it was published by order of his son, Emperor Daigo (r.897–930) , in about 905. Its finished form dates to c.920], Ki no Tsurayuki listed the ''Six Best Waka Poets'' in history: Kisen Hōshi, Ono no Komachi, Sōjō Henjō, Ariwara no Narihira, Fun'ya no Yasuhide and Ōtomo no Kuronushi.

    Strangely, he then ridicules them in the same preface* (maybe for Japanese modesty?) .


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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (6/25/2016 3:39:00 PM)

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    * Ki no Tsurayuki (872–945) , in the preface, had a unique critique for each of the 6 poets:

    - Kisen Hōshi (death 909?) : The priest of Mt. Uji, Kisen, is obscure, and his beginnings and endings do not chime; he is like an autumnal moon, bright in the evening, dim at dawn.

    - Ono no Komachi (c.825—c.900) : As to Ono no Komachi, she has pathos but lacks power, like a fair but feeble woman.

    - Sōjō Henjō or Archbishop Henjo (816–890; born Yoshi-mine Munesada) : Sojo Henjo, whose manner is successful, but his work is deficient in truth, like the picture of a beautiful woman that excites emotion, but to no avail.

    - Ariwara no Narihira (825–880) : Arihara Narihira, very full of feeling but poor in diction; his poetry reminds one of a faded flower that yet preserves some of its perfume.

    - Fun'ya no Yasuhide (death 885?) : Funya no Yasuhide, on the other hand, is an artist in words; with him form is better than substance. He is like a peddler dressed up in fine silks.

    - Ōtomo no Kuronushi (born between 824-835, died 923?) : Ōtomo no Kuronushi, lastly, has a pretty turn for verse, but his form is poor; he is like a faggot-bearing boor resting under a blossom-filled cherry-tree.

Best Poem of Ki no Tsurayuki

The Autumn Mountains

The Autumn mountains
Weave Autumn leaves
For offerings, so
Even I, living here,
Feel the urge to travel.

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A Singular Thing

A singular
Thing, it was, I thought, yet
From the water's depths,
Not from the mountains' peaks,
Comes moonlight.

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