Thirty Six Poetic Geniuses

Thirty Six Poetic Geniuses
Ono no Komachi.

Thirty Six Poetic Geniuses

The Thirty Six Poetic Geniuses (三十六歌仙 – Sanjūrokuninsen / Sanjūrokksen) was a list of 36 poets compiled by Fujiwara no Kinto between 1009-1012.

This idea of ’36’ poets was later reused for various later compilations of poets.1

Below is a list of the current poets from the list that we have on our website. This will increase over time.

6. Yamabe no Akahito
7. Ariwara no Narihira
11. Sarumaru Taifu
12. Ono no Komachi
26. Minamoto no Shitagō
28. Kiyohara no Motosuke
29. Sakanoue no Korenori
31. Ōnakatomi no Yoshinobu

Footnotes

1. MacMillan, P. (2018) ”One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each: A Treasury of Classical Japanese Verse”. St. Ives: Penguin Classics.

Thirty Six Poetic Geniuses