Ise no Taifu

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Ise no Taifu (伊勢大輔), also known as Ise no Tayū or Ise no Ōsuke, was a Japanese poet active in the early 11th century.

Ise no Taifu, from Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.

She is one of the later Thirty-six Poetry Immortals, and one of her poems is included in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu. Her contemporaries include Uma no Naishi, Murasaki Shikibu, and Sei Shōnagon. A diptych of her exists in Nihon Meijo Banashi (Stories of Famous Japanese Women), implying that although little of her work exists into modernity, she was considered a critically important figurehead of the waka poetry movement, both as a Poetry Immortal and as a woman of renown.

Her grandfather Ōnakatomi no Yoshinobu was also an important waka poet.

Her mother, Kura no Myobu, served Fujiwara no Yorimichi, the first son of the powerful Michinaga, so she could get a support and joined to the imperial court. She became friends with Murasaki Shikibu and Izumi Shikibu. She was talented in music, so she was very popular and noble lady-in-waiting who moreover, could write poems and songs.

Poetry Edit

Only a few of no Taifu's poems have survived into modernity, translated in part due to Waka poetry anthologies:

Japanese[1][2] Rōmaji English[1]


Konoha ga shita no
Sumu tomo miezu
Taema nomi shite

Scattered and drifted are
The leaves from the trees, and beneath is
A forgotten stream
How unclear it seems,
Appearing only now and then...

One of her poems was included in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu:

Japanese Rōmaji English[3]


Inishie no
Nara no miyako no
Kyō kokonoe ni
Nioinuru kana

The double cherry trees
Of the ancient capital
Today must extend their fragrance
To the imperial palace.

Below is another of her poems, translated in the Asia-Pacific Journal:

Japanese Rōmaji English[4]


Oki akashi
Mitsutsu nagamuru
Hagi no ue no
Tsuyu fuki midaru
Aki no yo no kaze

Peering hour after sleepless hour
into the dark, my vacant gaze fixes
on the dew scattered
atop the bush clover
by the autumn night’s wind

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "Ise no Taifu-shū 140 | Waka Poetry". Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  2. ^ A waka anthology. Cranston, Edwin A., 1993-. Stanford, California. ISBN 0804719225. OCLC 25163677.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ Motoori, Norinaga (2007). Michael F. Marra (ed.). The Poetics of Motoori Norinaga: A Hermeneutical Journey. University of Hawaii Press. p. 233. ISBN 978-0-8248-3078-6.
  4. ^ "Goshūi wakashū, poem 295 by Ise no Taifu". Retrieved 2018-10-22.