Hear about Sarumaru Taifu on Episode 16 of our Podcast, the Japan Archives.
- See also: Sarumaru Taifu Poems
- Period: Nara Period
- Occupation: Waka Poet
- Family: –
- Birth: ? (Active during mid 8th Century?)
Sarumaru Taifu, also called Sarumaru Dayu (猿丸大夫) lived during the mid 8th century, or so we believe. This poet may in fact have never existed in the first place as there are no records to prove he ever lived.1
He was listed by Kinto as one of the Thirty-Six Poetic Geniuses and there is a later collection of poetry known as the Sarumaru Dayū, but due to the fact this man may not have existed it is highly unlikely this poetry collection was penned by him.
|Japanese text2||Romanized Japanese1||English translation1|
naku shika no
koe kiku toki zo
aki wa kanashiki
|In the deep mountains|
making a path
through the fallen leaves,
the plaintive belling of the stag-
how forlorn the autumn feels.
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. Morse, P. (1989) “Hokusai: One Hundred poets.” New York: George Braziller Inc.
4. Louis Frederic, translated by Kathe Roth (2002) “Japan Encyclopedia”. London: Harvard University Press.
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