Was I Lost Poem by Ono no Komachi

Was I Lost

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Was I lost in thoughts of love
When I closed my eyes? He
Appeared, and
Had I known it for a dream
I would not have awakened.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Fabrizio Frosini 24 June 2016

???????????????????????????? omoFitutu nureba ya Fito no mieturan yume to siriseba samezaramasi wo Was I lost in thoughts of love When I closed my eyes? He Appeared, and Had I known it for a dream I would not have awakened. Ono no Komachi (????) [from KOKINSHU - KKS XII: 552]

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Fabrizio Frosini 24 June 2016

In his preface to the Kokinshu [the abbreviated term for the Imperial anthology Kokin Wakashu - 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 Hoshi, Ono no Komachi, Sojo Henjo, Ariwara no Narihira, Fun'ya no Yasuhide and Otomo no Kuronushi. Strangely, he then ridicules them in the same preface* (maybe for Japanese modesty?) .

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Fabrizio Frosini 24 June 2016

* Ki no Tsurayuki (872–945) , in the preface, had a unique critique for each of the 6 poets. Thi is what he wrote about Ono no Komachi: ''As to Ono no Komachi, she has pathos but lacks power, like a fair but feeble woman.'' (! ?)

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Fabrizio Frosini 18 June 2016

In a different translation: ???????????????????????????? As I yearned for him I closed my eyes and there he was! Standing before me, If I’d known it was a dream I wouldn't have awoken.. (Ono no Komachi)

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