Minamoto no Kanemasa

Minamoto no Kanemasa
Minamoto no Kanemasa in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.
    • Period: Heian Period
    • Occupation: Poet
    • Family: –
    • Birth: fl. early 12th century
    • Death: –

Minamoto no Kanemasa

Minamoto no Kanemasa (源 兼昌) flourished during the early 12th century, In his lifetime he was a part of the poetic circle of Emperor Horikawa and we can find seven of his poems in Imperial Anthologies.

One of his poems (No.78) can be found in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu  and goes as follows:1

Japanese text2
Romanized Japanese1
English translation1
淡路島
かよふ千鳥の
なく声に
いくよねざめぬ
すまの関守
Awaji shima
kayou chidori no
naku koe ni
iku yo nezamenu
Suma no sekimori
Barrier Guard of Suma,
how many night
have you been wakend
by the lamenting plovers
returing from Awaji?

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.

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