Akiko Yosano

(7 December 1878 - 29 May 1942 / Sakai)

River Of Stars - Poem by Akiko Yosano

Left on the beach
Full of water
A worn out boat
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  • Aria Hoshi (1/29/2017 8:20:00 AM)

    Yosano Akiko's poems both flowing free-verse and capturing tanka, are truly fantastic- not only Japan's, but certainly one of the world's foremost female poets! :)
    I have a few of her compilations in both English and Japanese, I'd certainly recommend them (and the one this translation is from, 'A River of Stars') to anyone interested.
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  • Pranab K Chakraborty (1/4/2015 11:21:00 PM)

    ... violets fade,
    spring waters soon run dry,
    this life too is transient #
    He stood by the door, / calling through the evening.....Much..Much...Much to communicate.
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  • Daniel Brick (1/4/2015 4:24:00 AM)

    Yosana Akiko is one of the great lyric voices of the 20th century. In this poem she connects so many lives - birds, trees, people, desires, hopes, bitter truths. All of these live through her burning imagination, one fired by erotic passion and sustained by desires of the heart. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (1/4/2014 2:56:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem. Thank you for the translation. (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (1/4/2014 3:23:00 AM)

    Violets fade
    New violets come
    Our loves were violets once
    Now its all gone and love is done
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  • (1/4/2013 3:13:00 PM)

    Exquisite poem, heart touching. (Report) Reply

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