Broad-leaf bamboo

In his poem Sanekata use the term kaFatake 河竹 , which literally translates as ‘river bamboo’ . This particular type of bamboo, however, was known for the size of it’s leaves, and so it was a useful symbol of the, to Sanekata’s mind, excessive extent of her complaints. The ‘river’ also almost certainly recalls the ‘river of tears’ the lady may have been crying, while he also picks up on the take ‘bamboo’ , element in his poem using the adverb takeku 猛く ‘extremely’ .

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