Ono no Komachi


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Ono no Komachi

(ō`nō nō kō`mä`chē), fl. c.833–857, Japanese poet. She was celebrated for her beauty and erotically charged poetry. Ranked among the most prominent poets of her day, Ono no Komachi displayed a rare skill in weaving multiple entendres, metaphors, and emotional intensity into the elegant waka verse form. To judge from her poetry, she corresponded with a number of leading contemporary poets, several of whom may have been her lovers. Little is known about her actual life or circumstances; numerous legends have sprung up about her beauty, amorous activities, and bitter end as a wandering hag.
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(Homer and Ono No Komachi are among the many cited.) The average audience member, however, will find the scenes wildly inconsistent in quality, pertinence and performance, in need of sharper editing and tighter staging to keep them in their place.
Poetry, drama, and transformation all infuse Mary-Jean Cowell's original version of the legend of the woman poet Ono no Komachi. And two studies of the process of translation itself, by Rebecca Copeland and Carl Sesar, carry the theme still further.
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It is Ono no Komachi, a legendary figure in Japanese culture, supposed to have been not only the most accomplished poet but also the most beautiful woman of her time, the mid-ninth century.