Fun’ya no Yasuhide

Fun'ya no Yasuhide
Fun’ya no Yasuhide in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.

Fun’ya no Yasuhide

Fun’ya no Yasuhide (文屋 康秀), also known as Bun’ya no Yasuhide, was a Japanese poet who lived during the second half of the 9th century.

For a time he served as a provisional governor, later becoming the Second Director of the Imperial Wardrobe in 879. Later he would be dubbed one of the Six Poetic Geniuses.

He finds himself mentioned in both the Chinese and Japanese preface of the Kokinshū and 5 of his poems can also be found inside it. 1 other of his poems can also be found in the Imperial Waka Anthologies.

One poem (No.22) is also featured in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu and goes as follows:1

Japanese text2
Romanized Japanese1
English translation1
吹くからに
秋の草木の
しをるれば
むべ山風を
あらしといふらむ
Fukukarani
aki no kasaki no
shiorureba
mube yamakaze o
arashi to iuran
In autumn the wind has only to blow
For leaves and grasses to perish.
That must be why the characters
'mountain' and 'wind'
Together mean 'gale.'

Footnotes

1. MacMillan, P. (2018) ”One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each: A Treasury of Classical Japanese Verse”. St. Ives: Penguin Classics.
2. Suzuki, H. et al. (1997) ”Genshoku: Ogura Hyakunin Isshu”. Tokyo: Bun’eidō.

The Six Poetic Geniuses

Otomo Kuronushi * Priest Kisen * Ono no Komachi * Archbishop Henjo * Ariwara no Narihira * Fun'ya no Yasuhide.


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