Priest Kisen (喜撰) was a Buddhist monk and Japanese poet living around the mid 9th century. Sadly not much is known about him other than he lived in the area of Uji and according to the Kokinshū his dictation was vague and that his poems lacked structure.
The only othe thing we know is that he is said to have written the Kisen shiki, although this is very dubious.
|Japanese text2||Romanized Japanese1||English translation1|
|Waga io wa|
miyako no tatsumi
shika zo sumu
yo o Ujiyama to
hito wa iu nari
|I live alone in a simple hut|
South-east of the capital,
But people speak of me as one
Who fled the sorrows of the world
Only to end up on the Hill of Sorrow.
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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