It reflected an essential placement in coordinates of the world, much as a Saigyo
poem does: Setting the referents and the outriggers--bird, moon, firecracker ...
His own figures seem in turn to have been borrowed from specific figures occurring in earlier Yamato-e scrolls; Sotatsu's Narihira used in The he Stories images is from the Legend of Sugawara Michizane, his mountain ascetic also in The Ise Story images is from Saigyo in Tales of Saigyo, and the horse and Narihira's companion is from Tale of the Hogen War (Yamane, Sotatsu School 40).
(11) Winter is represented by Teika; Spring by Narihira; summer by Hitomaro; and autumn by Saigyo. (12)
Instead to referencing Saigyo
as Basho had done, Takamure builds a different kind of persona but in the same way, saying her journey makes her like Edgar Allen Poe.
Aparecen en el mismo esplendido numero de la revista poemas, en las versiones originales y en espanol, cuando es necesaria la traduccion, de Robin Blasey, Jack Spicer, Luciano Berio, Cesar Mermet, Soleida Rios, Jose Watanabe, Saigyo
y Jose Molina, y unos bellos textos en prosa de Adonis.
Collecting works by a wide variety of great authors, including Lao Tzu, Han Shan, Li Po, Dogen Kigen, Saigyo
, and many more, The Poetry of Zen offers a cross-section of historical classics that all have in common a resonating theme conducive to meditation, reflection, and self-transformation.
In fact, the volume almost divides itself equally with poems in each voice with a midsection devoted to translations of poems by the Buddhist poet Saigyo
The scholar, who learned English and Japanese from reading poetry, usually takes foreigners who come to Japan to study Japanese to Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture, where Saigyo
, a 12th century Buddhist priest and poet, reputedly composed a poem describing the holiness of the shrine.
How different are Bo Juyi from Du Fu, Fujiwara Teika from Monk Saigyo
, Shelley from Keats, Goethe from Schiller!
It is for this reason that in Oku no hosomichi we have references not only to historical figures such as Saigyo and Yoshitsune, but also to a host of locals, from Buddha Gozaemon, a forthright innkeeper, to the "stalwart young guide" who helps Basho and Sora over the mountains of Dewa to Obanazawa--to such characters, earlier and more courtly travel records generally would not assign so substantial a role in their narratives.
(25.) In addition to famous historical and literary sites, Basho is also careful to mention numerous historical figures of both China and Japan, including Lady Tamamo, Nasu no Yoichi, Yuan Miao, Taira no Kanemori, Kiyosuke, Fujiwara Sanekata, Noin, Ono no Azumbito, Emperor Shomu, Bo Juyi, Izumi no Saburo, Makabe Heishiro, the northern Fujiwara, Yoshitsune, Kanefusa, Jikaku, Nojo, Gan Jiang, Moye, Saigyo, Empress Jingu, Sanemori, Kiso Yoshinaka, Higuchi no Jiro, Retired Emperor Kazan, Teitoku, Dogen, Emperor Chuai.
(1118-1190) spent twenty-three years in and around court life in Heian-kyo, Peace-and-Tranquility Capital, becoming a captain in the elite guard of the imperial family before taking Buddhist vows and removing himself to a hermitage.