Lady Ise (伊勢) was the daughter of Fujiwara no Tsugukage, and therefore a member of the Fujiwara Clan. She was also the mother to Nakatsukasa. She is thought to have lived from c.875-c.938.1 (877-9382 877-9404)
A talented poet, her poems can be found in several places. 22 can found in the Kokinshū and 72 (703) in the Gosenshū.1 Her poems can also be found in the Ise Monogatari.4 Lady Ise additionally had a personal collection of poetry called the Iseshū. She is listed as one of Fujiwara no Kintō’s Thirty Six Poetic Geniuses.3
One of her poems can be found in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (No.19) and goes as follows:
|Japanese text2||Romanized Japanese1||English translation1|
mijikaki ashi no
fushi no ma mo
awade kono yo o
sugushiteyo to ya
|Are you saying, for even a moment|
short as the space
between the nodes on a reed
from Naniwa Inlet,
we should never meet again?
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.
3. Kodansha. (1993) ”Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia”. Tokyo: Kodansha Ltd.
4. Louis Frederic, translated by Kathe Roth (2002) “Japan Encyclopedia”. London: Harvard University Press.
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